2008 Equinoxe Merlot
Équinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal old world, equal new world. Our Équinoxe Merlot (previously labeled as Apogee Merlot Reserve) comes from a ver specific block of 16 year old vines on the south end of hte Golden Mile. Since 2005 (the first vintage of this wine), the results seem to show that regardless of hte vintage, the resulting wine is always intense with firm tannins. With morning sun and afternoon shadem acidity is always harmonious and keeps the wine from being flat or overbearing. The nose is dancing with a myriad of nuances. The flavours on the palate transform into plum and blackberry with a very long finish of espresso and mocha. A truly impressive wine. The calibre of fruit and style of winemaking leads to a wine that should age grafefully for 10+ years in a proper cellar.
A grilled ribeye over blue cheese polenta or lamb tagine with raisin and pint couscous are two favourite that will add complexity to the flavours.
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