Bright red fruits, candied blueberry, Santa Rosa plum and menthol aromas all blend together to intoxicate the nose as the 2016 Harris Vineyard Merlot wafts from the glass. On the palate, a juicy and fruity entry is supported by chewy tannins and a balancing acidity, creating lush layers that coat the tongue and produce a soft, elegant finish.
The 50-acre Harris Vineyard is located in western Oakville, just east of
Branding Iron Vineyard. Nickel & Nickel’s five acres are comprised of two
blocks that offer a southern exposure and soil of gravelly clay loam. Thinning
passes allow each cluster to hang freely, optimizing the trellis system, and
taking advantage of the warm climate to reach full maturity.