2011 Merlot (Two Jakes)
Our vineyard is located in a site with rocky granitic soils that result in a very different expression of Merlot from the typical California profile. The persistent sunny rays at the high altitude impart extravagant color and bright pomegranate aromas with no vegetal aspect. Our proximity to Clear Lake’s afternoon cooling “lake effect” preserves these aromas. While our volcanic soils produce solid, age-worthy tannins which impart amazing ageworthiness.
The combination of rich fruit aromatics, firm tannin structure and lively minerality resemble the wines of the Pomerol district of Bordeaux in Southwestern France.
The 2011 was harvested in late October in cool conditions which achieved full ripeness at low brix. Fermented traditionally and aged in neutral cooperage for 26 months to refine its dense, hard tannins and lend subtle nuances of vanilla and toffee. The wine you will encounter offers lush and generous fruit enjoyable today but with potential for substantial bottle age.
Our Merlot invites lamb dishes, of course, but this wine’s refreshing minerality also asks to be served with grilled duck breast or before dinner with a fine ripe brie or, if there is any left, after, with dark chocolate.