Lightworks, our solera Merlot, now has 4 vintages in it (2014-2017), and is showing ever greater complexity. The texture in particular is developing a savory depth on the palate that can only come from long barrel aging. Aromatically, in addition to the expected dried herbs and red fruit, it’s taking on a nori/sea salt quality that is unlike any Merlot we’ve ever had. Slightly more produced this bottling than last (80 cases), but still minuscule. Fortunately, we’ll have a bit more fruit in ‘18!
Additions: 20ppm SO2 at bottling and a 15ppm SO2 add once after malolactic in barrel. Vineyard (Coquelicot) is certified organic. Unfined/Unfiltered. Cameron and Marlen Porter started Amplify Wines with the goal of making wines that enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. Although not fans of dogma, there are certain winemaking and farming principles that are central to their beliefs: native yeast fermentations, neutral vessels for fermentation and aging, no additions of any kind beyond sulfur, embracing happy accidents and letting intuition be their guide, and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, embracing the natural characteristics of a given place. And by following that intuition, they have created some gorgeous and authentic wines. Wines that truly amplify the voice of site.