86% Merlot, 9.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several individual vineyard lots, incorporating fruit from ourEstate Vineyards and from top independent growers throughout the Napa Valley. The final wine is a rich andcohesive expression of the entire Napa Valley, reflecting the varied microclimates and soils of this uniqueappellation.
The 2008 growing season has produced a particularly complex and complete expression of Napa ValleyMerlot, combining bright, lifted red fruit elements with darker, more extracted layers. This depth is on displayin the aromatics, where notes of Asian spice, red current, plum and blueberry crisp are supported by a subtlestreak of earthiness. The palate is both velvety and balanced, with flavors that echo the aromas. These flavorsare held together by granular tannins and accented by oak-inspired notes of molasses and nougat.