91 points Wine Enthusiast
The 2015 LXV Cira Vineyard Reserve Merlot is definitely the most immediately expressive and exuberant of the new lineup! As is befitting the little brother of Cabernet sauvignon, this wine rushes headlong right out of its glass with all the brashness of youth! The nose immediately serves up ample amounts of bright red cherry and raspberry to go pleasant undertones of garrigue, dried tobacco, and roasted sage. On the palate, this wine packs a surprising heft and its finish is carried by its ample, chewy tannin and pleasant notes of vanilla cream. This is most definitely a merlot that will not fade quickly into the night!
Harvested between September 21, 2015, the 2015 Reserve Merlot was fermented and macerated on skins for 22 days. The fermentations occurred in 1-ton bins that were manually punched down 2-3 times daily.
The grapes used for this wine were organically farmed by Fred Esposito and his family at Cira Vineyard in North Paso Robles.
Pair with meats such as Lamb Chops, Steaks or even a grilled Salmon. Peppers, Rosemary, Thyme and Mint are your seasonings for this wine.
Serve at 59°-64° F
VARIETALS 100% Merlot
APPELLATION Paso Robles, California
VINEYARD Cira Vineyard, North Paso Robles
AGING Aged in a mixture of 225L French oak barriques and a 500L French oak puncheon for 18 months prior to bottling. Approximately 53% of the oak was new.