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Rubissow-Sargent Merlot Mt. Veeder

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2001 Vintage) 2001 MERLOT - NAPA - Mt. Veeder NIGHT HARVESTED WINEMAKER NOTES *One of very few Merlots produced from this rugged, mountainous region of Napa Valley. For the past several years our Merlot has been incredibly popular in restaurants. We think we might know why: Growing Merlot organically on our steep hillsides makes for a wine of especially lively character, well suited to enjoy with today’s adventurous culinary styles and rich flavors. *Though American Merlot is often considered a soft, velvety read more...2001 MERLOT - NAPA - Mt. Veeder NIGHT HARVESTED WINEMAKER NOTES *One of very few Merlots produced from this rugged, mountainous region of Napa Valley. For the past several years our Merlot has been incredibly popular in restaurants. We think we might know why: Growing Merlot organically on our steep hillsides makes for a wine of especially lively character, well suited to enjoy with today’s adventurous culinary styles and rich flavors. *Though American Merlot is often considered a soft, velvety wine, we endeavor to take that predictable character and notch it up several levels into more intriguing territory. The result: Merlot for Cab drinkers! This wine is bursting with juicy, mountain flavors of cherry, boysenberry and spice. Smooth tannins yield to an incredibly long-lingering finish of cassis, mint and chocolate flavors. The color is bright ruby red and the gentle aromas speak of vanilla, caramel and plums. For longtime fans of Rubissow-Sargent Merlot this wine delivers on past expectations, while also making its own unique statement. *Though drinking nicely now, this wine will continue to improve through 2007. Serve with spicy lamb dishes, roast pork, Spanish Manchego cheese or wild mushroom-parmesan pizza! Appellation: Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder - Rubissow Vineyards Harvest Date: September 2 & 16, 2001 Blend: Merlot 99 % Cabernet Sauvignon 1% At Harvest; Brix: 24.1 Total Acid: 0.52 gm / 100ml pH: 3.47 Alcohol: 13.9 % Fermentation: 16 days before pressing Barrel Aging: 18 months in French chateau barrels. 1/3 new - 2/3 aged. Production: 764 cases - 750 ml Winemaker: Tony Sargent ACCOLADES: “The 2001 Merlot is smoky in the nose and mouth and has roundness when it is finally sufficiently aerated, to recall Right Bank Mer- lots from Bordeaux - again of an earlier, less extracted, higher acid era. With several years of aging it should be a lovely bottle, quite unlike any other Merlot I know from California.” -FINE WINE REVIEW - Autumn 2005 (hide)