Merlot
2012
2011

A true Napa Valley blend of vineyards! Our Estate vineyards provide the backbone for the blend, totaling almost 60% of this bottling. Merlot from Oak Knoll gives sour cherry character while the Yountville components provide the classic Bing cherry aromas and flavors for which our Merlot is known. The jammy notes come from blending in warmer up-valley fruit from Calistoga vineyards. Much care is taken to maximize the filtered light and allow the Merlot to hang freely within the canopy during harvest. This allows the fruit to mature and color evenly, leaving any vegetal hints behind. The wines are sent to barrels as individual lots to mature, allowing for greater understanding of the direct impact of our viticultural and fermentation practices each vintage.

 

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Wine Notes
Color
Dark ruby
Aroma
Black pepper and tobacco aromas swirl around the cherry cola core
Taste
Wonderful vanilla, roasted nut and caramel oak flavors truly complement all the beautiful rich cherry fruit
Product Information
Vintage: 
2012
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
86% 
Merlot
9% 
Cabernet Sauvignon
3% 
Petite Sirah
1% 
Cabernet Franc
1% 
Syrah
Appellation: 
Napa
Alcohol: 
14.50%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
10 Days Skin Contact; 100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
Length/Type of Aging: 
12 Months Barrel Aged (28% New Oak)
Packaging Available:
  • 12
     - 
    750 ML

 A true Napa Valley blend of vineyards! Our Estate vineyards provide the backbone for the blend, totaling almost 60% of this bottling. Merlot from Oak Knoll gives sour cherry character while the Yountville components provide the classic Bing cherry aromas and flavors for which our Merlot is known. The jammy notes come from blending in warmer up-valley fruit from Calistoga vineyards. Much care is taken to maximize the filtered light and allow the Merlot to hang freely within the canopy during harvest. This allows the fruit to mature and color evenly, leaving any vegetal hints behind. The wines are sent to barrels as individual lots to mature, allowing for greater understanding of the direct impact of our viticultural and fermentation practices each vintage.

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Wine Notes
Color
Dark Ruby
Aroma
Classic plum and cherry aromas show their floral side but are layered with of cinnamon, toffee and toasty barrel character.
Taste
Harmonious plum flavors were accented with blackberry and cola from blending in both Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, which additionally added a bit of grip to the mid-palate.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2011
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon
Petite Sirah
Cabernet Franc
Appellation: 
Napa
Alcohol: 
13.80%
Acid Level: 
0.58 g/l
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
10 Days Skin Contact; 100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
Length/Type of Aging: 
14½ Months Barrel Aged (28% New Oak)
Packaging Available:
  • 12
     - 
    750 ML