90 Points - California Grapevine
Varietal Content 86% Merlot 9.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 3.5% Petit Verdot 1% Cabernet Franc Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Age of Barrels: 20% new, 80% second vintage
The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa Valley Merlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on display in the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red currant, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtle streak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas. These flavors are held together by granular tannins and accented by oak-inspired notes of molasses and nougat.
Release Date: January 2011
September 2 — October 31, 2008
0.65 g/100 ml titratable acidity
8-10 days fermentation at 80°F