Since the 1980’s, when we planted our original eight-acre, narrow-spaced vineyard of Merlot in Carneros, we’ve produced a very special bottling of this rich and complex estate grown varietal each year. We are pleased to continue this tradition with the release of the current vintage.
This brilliant ruby wine expresses a delightful bouquet of bright red cherry and wild blueberry fruits enhanced by underlying hints of green olive, cola and subtle tomato leaf. The palate is equally alluring and balanced, opening with lush flavors of red cranberry and cassis, transitioning to touches of dried sage, sweet caramel and black licorice that continue through the long finish, supported by integrated oak and vibrant acidity.
Located at the southern corner of Napa Valley, Carneros is heavily influenced by the cool San Pablo Bay climate. Our sloping estate vineyards contain 1,520 vines per acre and feature rootstock suited for the heavy clay loam soils in Carneros. The cool growing season develops complexity and intensity in the Bordeaux clone we selected.
With consistently mild temperatures throughout spring and summer, 2012 was a stellar vintage in Napa Valley, allowing slow, even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 50% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Ripe and balanced, this Merlot would pair excellently with a savory dish, such as braised chicken thighs with lemon, olives and fresh herbs. Additionally, this wine would make a for a fantastic cheese course when matched with Infossato, an Italian sheep’s milk cheese with spicy, herbaceous flavors.