DescriptionThe 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 current, 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.
California GrapevineMedium ruby; attractive, plummy, earthy, spicy, blueberry and cherry fruit aroma with notes of cocoa and cassis; medium-full to full body; forward, tight, textured, black cherry fruit flavors that are firmly structured and have good depth and emerging richness; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.
BackgroundOur Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from our Estate Vineyards and from top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine is a rich and cohesive expression of the entire Napa Valley, reflecting the varied microclimates and soils of this unique appellation.