Rich and deep ruby color, this single vineyard Merlot opens up with fruit driven aromas of fresh blueberries, plum and black cherry, backed by sweet and savory notes of roasted coffee, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and licorice spice. A crushed stone and dusty earth component is also evident as the wine breathes in glass. Extremely well balanced, the fruit, acid and tannin are expressed on the palate as one seamless unit. It comes across as broad and juicy. It’s very rare to have a wine that is both elegant and powerful. This is that wine. Reintroducing Merlot as a great variety, the 2010 Upright should continue to soften and develop in bottle for the next 6-8 years. Vintage A cool growing season had many growers and winemakers frightened that fruit may not ripen completely, but once again Mother Nature taught us how unreliable historical knowledge can be when trying to forecast viticultural outcomes. Cool, yes, but long! Plus, Merlot ripens early so it has a better chance of obtaining complete physiological ripening in cooler years. The resulting wines are a perfect combination of elegant varietal aromas and flavors, ripe and age-worthy tannins, and bright, juicy acidity.