Dark ruby in color this Merlot showcases complex aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, dried thyme, and hints of cedar and spearmint. In the mouth, fruit flavors dominate with nuances of cherry preserves, blueberry pie, summer sweet plum, and cranberry sauce with delicate notes of cream soda, candied orange rind, coconut, and sweet basil.
An excellent vintage, 2014 saw even ripening in the late summer sun leading to a wonderful rich body texture. The color developed very well in Leese-Fitch's vineyards leading to dense ruby hues while the body of the wine is soft and inviting. Sourced from a number of vineyards in Lodi and a few in Paso Robles, the Lodi Merlot leg brings sweet cherry and blueberry fruit while the Paso Merlot brings depth and structure. This vintage also blended in a few percentages of Paso Zinfandel and Syrah, which tends to add a touch of delicate spice and raspberry notes to the blend. The Grenache, Barbera, and balance of the Syrah, all from Lodi, are added for delicate spice and plum notes to round out the edges.
"Punctuated by tart red-cinnamon cherries in a bundle of palate smackin' tannins, there's an uber ripeness appeal that dots all the i's: integration of acid and fruit, inspirationally juicy and instantaneous pleasure" – The Tasting Panel, 89pts
81% Merlot, 9% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 3% Zinfandel, 2% Barbera