June 2024 |

Anthony Gismondi: 2019 eq merlot

The last time I tasted this wine was the 2016 vintage, and I remarked that we need more, and we still do. Equinoxe Merlot, a specific block of 25+ year old vines, mid slopes at the south end of the Golden Mile Bench, is a powerful expression of this much-maligned grape. There is 19 percent new oak for support, but it doesn’t need much help. Winemaker Severine Pinte’s has a quieter, drier French style that suits the site and grape. Plums and blackberries coat the palate with streaky cedar and minerals, with a dash of cocoa. This wine will only get better through 2030. Lamb is today’s ticket while we wait for it to reach total harmony.