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.
Gleaming brilliant ruby in the glass, this wine exudes a delightful
array of aromas, from bright red cherry and wild strawberry to black pepper, spearmint
and red licorice. The palate is equally pleasing and balanced, opening with lush flavors
of red cranberry and red currant, transitioning to touches of dried sage, coffee bean
and briar that continue through the long finish, supported by integrated oak and
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.
2013 was an ideal seaon in Napa Valley, with dry
conditions and a long, sunny summer, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite,
balanced fruit. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in
late September. 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 elegant, this Merlot would pair excellently with a savory dish,
such as duck crepinettes with preserved lemon or pork chops with wild mushrooms.
Additionally, this wine would make a for a fantastic cheese course when matched with
Fiore Sardo, an Italian sheep’s milk cheese with nutty, fruity flavors.