Intense aromas of wild blueberry, ripe cherry, and cassis with a touch of cedar and earth. The mouth is layered with bright flavors of red currants, plum jam, and sweet vanilla. Ripe tannins fill the palate and provide an elegant finish of dried red fruits. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. 650 cases produced. Merlot is harvested from five separate hillside locations on the Truchard Estate Vineyard. The differences in soil, exposure, and temperature at each site combine to produce unique growing conditions for the grapes. As a result, the wines from these hillsides each have their own identity, and each contributes different characteristics to the final blend. The vines range from 23 – 45 years old. Cabernet Franc, grown in adjacent areas of the vineyard is added in to provide additional softness, structure, and complexity.