Produced during a banner year in the vineyard, BHFV’s Merlot was gently crushed and fermented for 10-14 days to a maximum temperature of 88 degrees. It was then aged in handcrafted, small French oak barrels (barriques), 20% new, for up to 18 months. There it was closely scrutinized and racked quarterly to remove unwanted sediment and to assure its high quality. BHFV’s signature Merlot exhibits aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum, underscored with slight accents of smoke and vanilla from the oak. The palate is rich and structured with sufficient but mild tannins and a long, lingering finish. It has bottle-aged gracefully and will continue as such for countless years.