The 2015 Smoking Loon Merlot opens with aromas of cassis, toasted brioche, toasted graham cracker and a hint of mint. On the palate, blackberry, dried cherry flavors lead to notes of Italian roast coffee followed by toasted coconut on the extended finish. This versatile and lively wine pairs well with grilled beef in sesame dressing, grilled pork chops with sage-orange rub or roasted beets and rainbow carrots with a light sprinkle of nutmeg.
The 2015 growing season was hotter than the previous, leading to a very early harvest. Chile’s warmer than usual spring was followed by heavy rainfall mid-harvest in March that proved a relief for some producers. The higher-than-average temperatures throughout the season resulted in lower acidity levels. Careful harvesting of the grapes and meticulous blending allowed winemakers to achieve a good balance with each varietal, with Cabernet Sauvignon exhibiting deep red fruit characteristics with a hint of toasted herbs.were marked with balance, intense color and expressive fruit characteristics.
OAK SOURCING: 35% American, 65% French Oak