(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.
In a brilliant juxtaposition of dense fruit and light acidity, aromas of Black Cherry, Baked Plums, and Blackberry welcome the senses and are followed with warm notes of Dark Fudge, Chocolate, and Vanilla Beans. On the palate, Raspberry Cordial, Cherry Pie Filling, and Cedar box mingle with hints of Cinnamon. A stunning example of all the best Merlot has to offer, the lush mouth-feel and complexity of flavors culminate in a rich finish.
Wine Advocate 93pts -Napa, CA- "Dark berries, freshly cut flowers and sweet spices are some of the notes that flow from the 2010 Merlot. Layers of bright, well-articulated fruit caress the palate on the finish of this extroverted, juicy Merlot
The delicate tannins with a soft aftertaste of wienerschnitzel makes this wine perfect for a hardy German meal
Robert ParkerRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/10/2012