Merlot has always been a strong performer in Lake County. The wines are better structured and denser than a typical Merlot. We aged this wine in a combination of French and American oak for 8 months. Keeping in line with the fruit forward, easy drinking character of our Shooting Star wine, this wine has aromas of black fruits, cherry, with slight earthiness and spice. Flavors are of ripe plum and cassis, finishing with a slight oak to round out the tannins.