Napa Valley is the king of Californian wine regions, and arguably the king of Merlot. The diverse region is picture perfect at any time of the year and is always a hive of viticultural and winemaking activity. The moderate climate and even ripening conditions are enjoyed by everyone - from the smallest vineyard plots to sprawling, high-pedigree estates.
Dark plum and cherry aromas are edged with notes of licorice, and unfold gradually to subtle, smoky oak. Soft and luscious on entry, with bright, almost sweet flavors of ripe stone fruit. The medium weight and stylish finish are typical of Napa Valley's finest Merlot.
The full blend of this merlot wine was matured in a variety of oak for fourteen months: American barrels makes up 60% of the aging process, French oak is 20% and Central European oak is 20%.
"Smooth and dry, this Merlot seems designed to stand alongside food, rather than try and be a food group of its own. It has an earthy, herbaceous quality, with suggestions of cherries and red currants, and a rich scour of tannins. All that gives it a real Bordeaux quality."
Balanced and true to the Merlot character.
When I first tasted this wine I was expecting something ordinaire as the price was in that scary wheel house of the non descript. This Merlot is very expressive with blueberry and cherry on the nose, there is a sweet nuance of Vanilla that is laced through the fruit, very nice! The flavors are full but not sharp and bighting like a Napa Cab, this wine leaves your move salivating for another sip.
Cherries on a non descript nose. This isn't sweet, but is a great example of why so many people don't like merlot any more. Green and bitter. Unpleasant.