The 2005 Napa Valley Merlot opens with aromas of dark cherry, pomegranate and blackberry
intertwined with hints of chocolate cherry liqueur, mineral and cinnamon. The velvety flavors fan out across the palate with more red berry fruit, and then pick up nutmeg and malted
chocolate notes on the lingering finish.
Grapes for the 2005 Merlot are selected from three Napa Valley regions, allowing for plenty of diversity. The coolest region, Los Carneros, yields Merlot with bold spiciness and robust structure. Oak Knoll, a
slightly warmer area further up the valley, produces Merlot with distinct cherry aromas and
bright acidity. Rutherford, in the heart of the valley, offers ripe plum flavors and a supple