Our 2005 Napa Valley Merlot is now showing the potential of this vintage: bright fruit, layers of complexity, charming texture. It is a wine of texture, engaging the sense of depth on the palate. In the choice between immediacy and complexity, this wine leans ever so slightly to complexity, a tendency we are happy with. But you will enjoy it from the first taste, since 2005 gives us plenty of ripe fruit character to enjoy, even as it teases us with interesting notes we can't quite name.
"The outstanding 2005 Merlot Carneros possesses a deep ruby/purple color, a big, sweet nose of fudge, espresso roast, sweet oak, and plenty of black cherry and currant fruit. Drink this opulent, fleshy, hedonistic Merlot over the next 7-10 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Good ruby-red. Reticent aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, licorice and tobacco leaf. Juicy, leanish and moderately concentrated, with a redcurrant flavor complicated by a floral element."
International Wine Cellar