Our 2009 Howell Mountain Extended Barrel Aged Merlot is the first commercial introduction of what we expect will be a semi-regular series of extended aged wines. Extended aging in barrel is a premise Sean has been researching and experimenting with on a small scale for several years and we are excited to share the fruits of his labor. These wines will be very limited in their release and are only offered to our Friends members. Our much touted estate Merlot has been pushed to a whole new level with exotic secondary and tertiary aromatics luring you into a glass of deep and dark mountain Merlot. Purple-black color with an almost opaque core leads into intense wild plum preserve, sweet aged balsamic, black tea and rum raisin aromas. On the palate the wine has sweet, ripe and rich flavors of black cherry, sweet oak, espresso, braised game and anisette candy. Our Merlots have always had the trademark Howell Mountain tannins that make Cabernet lovers swoon. This particular wine brings with it some additional well-toned muscle and a silky smooth and long finish.