Our 2008 Grigsby Vineyard Merlot is a beautiful example of the elegance and seamlessness that made so many of us fall in love with great Merlot in the first place. The aromatics here are warm and inviting, as dominant notes of ripe, dark red fruits intertwine with subtle hints of milk chocolate and mocha, cinnamon, and a charming mineral component reminiscent of crushed stone. On approach the wine is broad and lush, leading into substantial weight and richness on the mid-palate. The tannins here are classic Grigsby Vineyard: rich and full, but with a silky softness that reminds one of melted dark chocolate. The finish is long and highly polished, with vibrant natural acidity lending emphasis to the wine’s purity and finesse. At the very end, a hint of oak spice provides a final, charismatic flourish.