This delicious Merlot is packed with aromas of cherry, raspberry, vanilla, and toasted nuts. Big rounded tannins and fruit-forward flavors help make this a Cabernet drinker’s style Merlot. There is good weight on the palate and a rich velvety texture. The fruit flavors are accented with vanilla wafer, clove, black pepper, and caramel. The well-rounded tannins make this wine easy to sip, and each sip has a lovely mouth-watering hint of acidity. Enjoy this versatile wine with steak, poultry, or other light meats, but to be honest we have no problem sitting back and enjoying it on its’ own.
These vines are planted in one of the warmest locations in the Napa Valley. This vineyard is ideal for ripening mature tannins and flavor in our Merlot grapes. 2019 was a good growing season, so the flavor and tannin development kept pace with sugar accumulation, creating excellent, well-balanced flavors and intense color. That gave this Merlot great concentration and a silky texture. The rockier soils of this vineyard site accentuated these attributes to bring about the highest quality grapes our vineyard can yield.
The 2019 vintage was an outstanding Merlot vintage. Low yields and high quality surpassed our expectations. Picked to showcase the Merlot’s ripe flavors, we barrel and tank fermented, pressed off sweet, and barrel aged for 17 months. This Merlot was so great on it’s own, it only required a splash of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec blenders to add the complexity in aromatics and palate.
5% Petit Verdot
3% Cabernet Sauvignon