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The grapes of 2000 enjoyed an outstanding growing season. Very warm days and cool summer nights allowed steady flavor development and good acids in the fruit. The grape berries were smaller than normal thus creating more intense flavors. The Merlot was harvested in mid-September and early October when the grapes displayed perfect balance and sweet, ripe flavors.
Whitehall Lane traditionally makes a Merlot wine that is bigger in style than many Merlots. The fruit was picked very ripe to ensure big jammy flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon was included in the blend to add weight in the mid-palate and increase the complexity and length on the finish. Cabernet Franc enhances the spicy aromas and floral flavors. The wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 20 months.
This Merlot has pleasing aromas of spicy cherry, plum and toasty oak. The wine is inherently soft with flavors of crushed flower petals, ripe cherry, berry and spice. It is well balanced with good weight in the mid-palate and a velvety, long finish. Enjoyable now with aging potential to 2006.
Blend: 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
We are a small, family owned winery in Napa Valley's historic Rutherford appellation. We own approximately 110 acres of prime Valley-floor vineyards including the Leonardini Vineyard in St. Helena and are committed to making the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Reserve wine.
The winery continues to receive accolades and...Read More About Whitehall Lane
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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