Perfection stems from continuous effort. You can anticipate that some grapes are going to be beautiful, just like a promise of happiness. This happens when nature, the terroir, and the sun are in perfect – perhaps unique – alignment. When this happens, you can only accept the challenge to strive for perfection . It comes from a desire not to waste the exceptional chance, the magic of that coincidence, and aim for the very best. There's a drive to keep that promise, creating the best-balanced, most elegant, expressive and long-lived wine. Ilmerlot is only produced in the best vintages for Merlot grapes. Our first special vintage was 1990. Then we decided to wait for the next outstanding harvest, exceptional enough for the Merlot grapes to lend themselves to making a varietal wine: the miracle happened again in 2001, 2003, and 2009. Thanks to prolonged skin contact and aging for 10 months in barriques, the wine has developed a superb deep garnet colour, intense ripe red fruit flavours, and a combination of complexity and subtlety which supports its particularly fine tannins.