(From 2011 Vintage) Our Merlot vineyard is in the Oak Knoll region of the Napa Valley, nestled up to the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the west side of the valley. The mild climate and alluvial soils in this region lend this wine great balance and structure. The mild temperatures allow these grapes to develop bright aromatics and flavors, along with a beautiful natural acidity and elegance. The alluvial soils bring darker fruits to the nose and palate, and give this wine its structure and concentration. The 2013 vintage gave this wine aromas of bright, wild raspberry, black cherry, earth, and slate, with the barrels contributing some spice and smoke. The palate is full-bodied and rich, with bright and sweet fruits, such as raspberry and cherry. The wine then reveals earthy notes and finishes with dark chocolate. The robust structure and bright acidity give this wine great tension, balance, and a lengthy finish.
The source for our Merlot is Block "B" of Melrose Vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, which is situated on moderately vigorous clay loam; the vines are planted on a 6' X 11' spacing and trained to a quadrilateral cordon. Planted in 1994, 1999 was Melrose Vineyard's third year of production. Notes of black tea and violets aremade more rich by essences of Chambord, dark chocolate truffle and anise in our Merlot. When tasted, the wine is bright and full of bing cherry, shaved Baker's ...