2018 vintage: 56% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec. Winemaker’s Note: This wine typically is a Cabernet Sauvignon-heavy, Bordeaux varietals blend. However, the Merlot from Margarita Vineyard was so intense and tannic that we just couldn’t resist the urge to make this a Merlot-heavy blend with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec components used to soften the edges. This is a really well-structured wine that should improve with age for a very long time. Maturation: 15 months in neutral French oak barrels. Tasting notes: An expressive nose of dark cherry, plum and cranberry notes that carry through on the palate along with herbal hints and a touch of sweet baking-spice. This is a juicy, rich, well-structured red blend, with flavors framed by grippy tannins and balanced acidity. A wine easily enjoyed today but with strong aging potential for years ahead.