This is the eighth year that our Sculpture Garden is grown and produced as a true red field blend. This beautiful light ruby red wine consists of 91% Merlot, 6% Teroldego and 3% Blaufränkisch. All the varieties were grown together in our Sculpture Garden Vineyard (the oldest on the South Fork, planted in 1982 & 1987), picked together and fermented wild/ambiently together. All the fruit was hand-harvested, de-stemmed but not crushed, stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. The wine went through a natural malo-lactic fermentation and was raised in older French oak barrels for 15 months. The wine was handled minimally (only racked once) and was bottled on December 21st, 2017. The wine may throw sediment over time and we would recommend decanting after several years in the bottle. While delicious now this wine will improve wonderfully for six to eight years and drink well for a decade plus. Our 2016 Sculpture Garden smells of red and black fruit and is awash in aromas and flavors of black raspberry, red plum, red cherry, purple flowers in addition to some smoke and cinnamon notes. There is an underlying beautifully inviting tar resin and tobacco leaf quality along some earthy minerality and touch of brown spice in this seductive and complex red wine. The wine is dry and retains a medium body, moderate alcohol and balanced acidity. The wine displays ripe fruit coupled with juicy acidity and youthful tension which beautifully expresses our maritime climate with its savory rather than sweet palate and elegance that is alluring. There is always a silky, smooth, supple quality to our Sculpture Garden and the great length is complemented by a textural, aromatic and flavor complexity, whose qualities truly improve with age (really try this wine in ten years)! When feeling more formal pair this wine with Long Island duck, lamb chops or a prime rib roast and when you're in a more casual mood match with rich meaty pastas, burgers and grilled fatty fish. Just 208 cases produced. 6 bottle max per customer.