Tasting Notes: Fresh crushed blackberries, sweet incense, graphite and cedar aromas. Flavors of rich black fruit, tea leaf, great acid and cranberry on a dry lingering finish.
Pairing Suggestions: Pairs excellently with lamb, duck, or steak dishes. Gouda and Gruyere cheese.
Vintage Year: A long growing season with warm temperatures, normal rainfall and milder winter temperatures.
Winemaking Methods: Handpicked grapes, 100% stainless steel fermentation. Malolactic fermentation, barrel aged, fined, cold stabilized and filtered.
Blend: 100% Merlot
Bottling Date: 3/6/2018
Cases Produced: 309
Appellation: Lake Michigan Shore
Harvest Date: 10/11/2016
Harvest Brix: 21.9
Residual Sugar: 0%
Alcohol at Bottling: 12.9%
Oak Usage: One year in 31% new, 31% 1-year old, 18% 2-year old and 20% neutral French oak barrels