2011 Merida Zinfandel
Dark Red in color with intense aromas of eucalyptus and clove oil dominate. On the palate you’ll find flavors of dried cranberries, high concentration cocoa extract and dried herbs. Initially firm on the palate, the 2011 Merida softens gracefully with a little time. Drink now through 2019.
The harvest of 2011 had a cool, wet spring and cool summer providing moderate growing conditions and a crop size small enough to take advantage fo the cool weather. About mid-October a series of storms that usually stay in Washington State and Oregon decided on a not so small excursion to Northern California. These early rains made for a challenging harvest, but the dedication of growers to wait for the grapes to dry out, coupled with the winemaking team going aroud the clock when the weather was good, resulted in some really nice wines. The colors are dark, rivaling the 2010 vintage, flavors are luscious and tannins moderate.