Description and Flavor Profile: Straight-forward in style, the Leaping Horse 2016 Merlot has violet and dark fruit aromas with pleasant plum, black cherry and a little green olive character creeping into the flavor. Mouth filling yet smooth, Leaping Horse has created an unpretentious wine that can pair with just about anything.
The Process: Ironstone practices sustainable viticulture such as crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. This Merlot comes from soils that are sandy loam and well-drained allowing the wonderful ripeness come through to the grapes. After traditional fermentation, the wine spends three months aging in new French oak.
Pairing: Merlot is a very versatile red that works well with many types of meats. Try ours with roast turkey or chicken, grilled blackened salmon, meat sauced pasta dishes, pork, grilled vegetables or a steak salad.
Varietal: 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Ruby Cab
Barrel Aging: 3 months, New French Oak.
Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020
Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF
Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)