2010 Arcturos Merlot

Although Merlot has taken a back seat to Pinot Noir lately, it has not lost its pedigree when planted on an appropriate site and allowed to blossom in the cellars.

Appellation:Leelanau Peninsula
Bottling: 12% alcohol, 0% residual sugar, 2/1/2012, 400 cases

Flavor and Aroma:
A deceptively dry wine, with blackberry and plum flavors complimented by hints of oak and dark cocoa. The velvety texture and mild tannins leave a soft but lasting impression on the palate.

Aging Potential:
When stored properly this wine will easily last five to ten years.

Thoughts for Food:
As a red wine Merlot is generally very food friendly pairing well with lamb, beef, pork, and a variety of cheeses such as Edam, Gouda, and Aged Cheddar. Favorite food pairings include, Rosemary and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Tandoori Beef Skewers, and Cherry Glazed Pork Loin.

Wine Maker Comments:
The 2010 Arcturos Merlot is one of those wines that we simply wish we had more of, or that we could have it more consistently from year to year. We are working on this dilemma, but for now we only have this wine in limited quantities. The fact is that Merlot is almost as finicky as Pinot Noir can be, and also requires a good vineyard site to be at its best. Once the growing conditions are met, it will always be the better vintages that allow this classic variety to blossom to its fullest. 2010 was just such a vintage for us, and in this limited quantity wine you can really see what the variety has to offer. Personally, I love the dark berry fruit, the broad yet refined use of oak, and the soft, lush tannins in the mouth. This is one of those red wines I easily sip on its own, but quickly start thinking about what to eat with it! It should easily age gracefully for 5-10 years in a good cellar!

Silver: 2012 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

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