Hall 2005 Napa Valley Merlot is sourced from two of their premier estate vineyards, Napa River Ranch and Hardester. The Hardester vineyard, with its rugged, low-yielding hillside vines, produces fruit with weight, density and broad structure. By contrast, the dry-farmed valley oor vines of Napa River Ranch contribute rich fruit with lively aromatics and a plush mouthfeel. A small amount of fruit from renowned sub-appellations beyond Hall's vineyard portfolio further enhances the depth and complexity of this harmonious blend.
Intense aromatics of cedar oak are accented by scents of roasted coffee beans and a hint of violets and roses. An open, textured palate of ripe briar fruit, dusty mocha and black pepper -finishes with a surge of plum and soft tannin.