The 2004 Napa Valley Merlot was produced from grapes sourced throughout the heart of the Napa Valley, where Beaulieu Vineyard has grown grapes and made wine for more than 100 years. They have combined the rich flavors of Rutherford grapes with fruit from cooler microclimates and soils that are best suited to growing Merlot grapes. Blending fruit from different vineyards resulted in excellent structure and varietal character in the finished wine.
This Merlot reveals a rich bouquet of ripe cherries, plums and clove, with a touch of toast and vanilla from the oak. On the palate, lush flavors of ripe red fruit and a hint of cocoa are beautifully framed by soft tannins. A nice acidity complements the lingering fruit on the finish.
This wine pairs well with marinated grilled pork tenderloin, roast duck with cherry sauce or semi-hard cheeses like Fontina d'Aosta.