Our Carneros Merlot reflects the stellar 1997 vintage and captures the exceptionally lush flavors of grapes grown on the windswept hills of the celebrated Carneros District. This region spans the southern tips of Napa and Sonoma valleys, just north of the San Pablo Bay. Complex and multi-layered, our Carneros Merlot displays rich, soft plum, black cherry and berry flavors with nuances of violets, mocha and spices. Sweet vanilla and toasty oak notes, from aging in new French oak barrels, linger on the persistent finish. The wine combines silky elegance with a firm backbone, assuring more than a decade of continued development in the bottle.