The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright cherry
flavors while the Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valleys give cassis flavors and
elegant structure. The Sonoma Valley is home to the St. Jean Estate Vineyard and
produces black and dense grapes with supple tannins. The cooler Russian River
Valley and Carneros regions contribute black, exotic aromas and firm structure.
"Aromas of blueberry, cherry, plum and dried herbs burst from the glass of this
Merlot. These bright fruit characters carry over onto the palate and mix with notes of
blackberry, black tea, milk chocolate and spicy oak. A round and juicy mid-palate,
with polished tannins, leads to a lush finish with cassis on the close."
-Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker