Crossings Merlot 2009 - Historic and Very Nice! (PA)
Tom and Christine Carroll and their son Tom Jr. own Crossings Vineyards at Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. From the very start, this was meant to be a showplace, state of the art, winery in the Bucks County area of Pennsylvania along the banks of the Delaware. The stone buildings, the grounds, and the equipment have always been top notch. It inspired awe from the very beginning.
The house pictured on Crossing Vineyards and Winery’s label is known as The David Barton Taylor House.
Tom Carroll Jr. is the wine maker. A graduate of Vassar, he immersed himself in the California wine industry for three years before returning east to start something truly unique. Today, he makes subtle, soft, approachable reds, and brilliant whites that make Crossings a standout producer in the Pennsylvania wine scene.
This 2009 Merlot was fantastic. The nose and palate are rewarded with the huge presence of Bing cherries as promised, along with plum and a hint of raspberry. Vanilla and spice also come forward. The wine is aged in oak. Nice acidity keeps the fruit alive, and the substantial tannins combine nicely to give this wine a nice, long finish. Very, very nice.