2015 Star Lane Merlot, Star Lane Vineyard
WINEMAKER NOTES Weâ€™ve noted previously our belief that the best Merlotâ€™s are both charming and serious. The 2014 leans toward the charming side as the vintage provided very pure fruit characters within elegant textures. We did apply a bit more new oak to balance the vintageâ€™s freshness with a bit of sweetness from the new oak. The integration was superb. While we added a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon for texture, our goal was to make this as pure of a Merlot as possible to show off its finesse and charm. In the end we settled on a blend of 91% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% of Cabernet Franc and Malbec.