This full-bodied Merlot offers ripe, seductive flavors, well-integrated tannins and a sophisticated palate structure.
5 Estate Vineyards (Monitor Ledge, Rector Creek, Patzimaro, Stout and Candlestick Ridge)
Varietal Content 84% Merlot 13% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French Oak, Chateau-Style Barrels (60 gallons) Age of Barrels: 100% New
The bouquet reveals layered aromatics of plum, vanilla bean and spice, as well as evocative notes of saddle leather, tobacco leaf and rich, moist earth. On the palate, these elements lead to rich blackberry, red cherry and mocha flavors, complemented by inviting notes of blueberry, loganberry and currant.
The 2005 season began with a wet winter and spring, which led to annual rainfall totals that were well above average. In many ways the 2005 season was reminiscent of the excellent 1997 vintage, which offered an abundant harvest of remarkable quality.
Released: April 2008
September 14 - October 31, 2005
Titratable Acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
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