The vintage of 2012 started with a dry and mild spring which gave way to a summer with nearly perfect growing conditions. The fruit was harvested over the course of several weeks in late September/early October as each vineyard block attained its maximum flavor and ripeness. After fermentation, the young wine was pressed and settled before being placed in barrels for aging. After 19 months in the barrels the blend was assembled and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon was added to give additional complexity and balance.
The Merlot vines at Jack London Vineyards benefit from careful canopy management which encourages balanced ripening to deliver desired sugar level, flavor and skin color. The pleasantly warm climate of this hillside vineyard produces a rich, full-bodied wine with vibrant aromas of fig and ripe plum combine with exotic notes of licorice, roasted cocoa bean and toasted vanilla. This full bodied wine is complemented by well-structured tannins and an elegant lingering finish.
The rich fruit flavors found in this Merlot complement a wide range of dishes, including braised beef, rich stews and pastas.