1993 Quilceda Creek Merlot
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
In 1993 we purchased a small quantity of Merlot from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, one of our excellent growers. Our intent was to add some Merlot to our Cabernet to develop some extra complexity. We fermented the Merlot separately and put it into new French oak barrels. After the wine had spent some time in barrel we tasted it and decided it was far too exceptional to lose in the blend with the Cabernet. We proceeded to age and bottle it separately. This is our first Merlot and only 50 cases were produced.
Ciel du Cheval
100% New French Oak
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International Wine Cellar Review
"Dark red-ruby. Brambly aromas of roasted plums and currants, along with a profusion of oak notes: coffee, mocha, toffee, creosote, scotch, coconut. Lush, fat and very concentrated; a seamless wine of great sweetness and superb depth. Expands in the mouth and explodes on the aftertaste. Fairly tannic and extremely long. An outstanding if quite oaky American merlot. But the quantity made was infinitesmal."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, #73, July/August 1997