I have a favorite local winery, the owner and I love to "talk shop". He kept teasing me about a awesome new wine and finally a few weeks ago he dropped it- its a Merlot that spent 30 months in a barrel. The wine is fantastic, the first Merlot that I actually was blown away by. One strange thing he mentioned, he said he never topped off the barrel-just let it naturally concentrate without "diluting it down". I can't argue with the results, but is he pulling my leg?