2014 En Passant Merlot Magnum
Winemaker Notes: This 2014 En Passant is a very elegantly styled merlot. This is not a wine of power but rather of nuanced delicacy. The bouquet is riveting, notes of crushed stones, red plum, rose petal, lead pencil, and gravel. On the palate, there is a great combination of vibrancy, suppleness, and texture. Notes of red plum, black raspberry, aged cigar tobacco, nutmeg, sage, leather, incense, and licorice on the palate give way to a precise, long finish, echoing tones of red plum, dried herbs, and rose petal. Substantial fruit but perfectly balanced with the crisp acidity and underlying silky tannic structure. Properly cellared, this wine should hit maturity in 6-8 years and gracefully evolve for 15+ years.
Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 141 hours and post-fermentation maceration of 96 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 2 times each day during maceration and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.
Cooperage: Elevage was 26 months in 60% new French oak and 40% neutral French oak. The wine achieved its sparkly brilliance from 4 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very gently filtered using crossflow filtration.
Magnums Produced: 180
Release Date: Nov. 3rd, 2017