Our Napa Valley Merlot captures the balanced character of a young wine, while embodying the diversity of the entire Napa Valley appellation
36 Vineyards Harvested
Varietal Content 96% Merlot 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Age of Barrels: 30% new, 70% second vintage
The product of a standout Merlot vintage, the Merlot in 2006 offered an excellent expression of the varietal and required very little blending with other grapes—with only small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot used to add subtle complexity. This Merlot offers a rich texture, ripe tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak. The bouquet displays lush layers of ripe plum and bright raspberry underscored by notes of sandalwood, walnut and spice. On the palate, polished flavors of red cherry and raspberry are accented by an enticing layer of graham cracker piecrust.
The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer with a mid-July heat spike that accelerated ripening. Mild temperatures continued throughout the fall allowing for a moderately paced harvest. The long growing season brought complex and intense flavor and aroma development.
Release Date: September 2008
September 9 — October 31, 2006
0.67 g/100 ml titratable acidity
8-10 days fermentation at 80°F
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