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Approximately 25% of the blend came from estate-grown fruit in the Oak Knoll area, with the balance from independent grower in Carneros and Napa. The Merlot crop was affected much the same as the Cabernet in 1996, with a good amount of variability present in the vineyard as the season progressed. When harvest finally began in mid-September, we modified our harvesting methods to maximize quality. Selective picking and careful blending have resulted in a wine with all the color, flavor and mature tannins we would expert from a quality vintage despite the fact that production was down by 20%.
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros...Read More About Joseph Phelps
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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