The nose is an intoxicating aromatic blend of mulberries, sandalwood and baking spices tempered by hints of graphite and toasted marshmallow. On the palate, the richness of a cherry cordial is recalled thanks to the unctuous, well-proportioned mid-palate. Once the notes of vanilla cola and strawberry rhubarb pie start to drift off into the ether, the finish is there with supporting elements of coffee cherry tannin and a mouth-watering note. This wine can be enjoyed upon release and should age well in the cellar through 2031. A piping hot coq au vin and some hunks of sourdough baguette slathered in salted butter would be a beautiful meal to accompany this wine.
The grapes for this wine come from the Carneros appellation. Situated on terraces and the valley floor, which benefit from fine loam soil and moderate temperatures, this region is renowned for historically producing some of Napa Valley’s finest and most fruit-forward Merlots.
The fruit was harvested on October 15th. 2019 began with a wet and cool spring, which pushed bud break out two weeks later than in 2018. The summer growing season was relatively uneventful, with no heat spikes. Due to the moderate weather and late bud break, veraison did not end until early August in some areas of the valley. Autumn brought hot days and cool nights which helped push the grapes to full ripening, while preserving their acidity. As a result, the wines produced from this vintage are full and robust with deep color