We are honored to release another vintage of our Periwinkle charity wine. The proceeds from every bottle sold benefit The Periwinkle Foundation's Camps, Arts and Survivor Programs for children, teens and young adults who are challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
True to the Mount Veeder appellation, this wine exhibits dark concentrated fruit flavors of mountain blueberry and wild raspberry and well-integrated fine-grained tannins with excellent mountain acidity. Big, bold, and ultra-ripe. A hint of forest, cedar and rich vanilla French oak, and roast espresso flavors also combine these aromatics to create this massively rich full-bodied mountain Merlot.
The steep mountain slopes and higher elevation vineyards of Mt. Veeder have cool afternoon breezes and warmer nights, creating microclimates that produce rich mountain fruit with distinct character. The Merlot grapes were handpicked at the end of September 2016, sorted, de-stemmed into small fermentation bins, and allowed to cold soak for 4 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 15 days and punched down 3 times a day, with an additional 4 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 24 months in 100% French barrels with 65% new oak. Only 4 barrels produced.
While this wine is ready to drink now, due to its structured tannins, it requires decanting for a minimum of 30 minutes. This cellar-worthy wine will age gracefully for the next ten years. Bring out your inner child and pair this luscious wine with a Gruyere grilled cheese or marbled ribeye steak.
Our beautiful label artwork was created by Tayden, age 8. Courtesy of Periwinkle’s Making A Mark® Program.
Tasting Notes: Blueberry Jam. Plums. Vanilla. Christmas Mulling Spices. Mint. Balanced Tannic Structure.