Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex and ageable expression of the varietal, highlighting the rich diversity of the Napa Valley appellation
95 Points - Wine Review Online - Robert Whitley
Varietal Content 89% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Age of Barrels: 35% new, 65% second vintage
A product of the exceptional 2007 growing season, this wine’s hearty tannins and balanced acidity provide a textural framework for an enticing array of aromas and flavors that begin with notes of bright red cherry, plum, tobacco, vanilla and anise. On the palate, layers of fig, red currant, almond, cedar and sweet spice are revealed, along with a subtle doughiness that lends to an appealing mouthfeel. The final wine has been blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Petit Verdot to add nuance and depth.
The 2007 growing season began early and was unusually dry, with rainfall totals that were 50 percent below average. Cool spring weather continued into the summer with temperatures down by approximately 5 degrees from August through October. The cool, steady weather produced a long harvest spread out over 80 days. This relaxed pace allowed us to pick in multiple passes, ensuring ideal ripening and flavor development in the fruit.
Release Date: January 2010
August 31 — October 31, 2007
0.62 g/100 ml titratable acidity
8-10 days fermentation at 80°F