The current vintage of Napa Valley Merlot is sold out. The next vintage will be released in October 2014.
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84% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec , and 2% Syrah
The wine opens with a lovely, multi-layered perfume of black cherry, cassis and juicy, ripe plum with undertones of fresh herbs, cocoa and clove. These elements carry through seamlessly to the palate, the mouthfeel substantial, round and luxuriously plush. The long, velvety finish is infused with black currant and dark chocolate.
Over 90% of the fruit for this wine came from vineyards in the Stag’s Leap District, where our Wappo Hill vineyard is located, a region renowned for its velvety delivery and the smooth, fleshy mouthfeel we look for in Merlot. Of that, the majority of fruit came from Wappo Hill, a vineyard we prize for its bright purity of fruit expression. The volcanic and other poor, shallow soils of the region suppress vine vigor, resulting in low yields of fruit of elegance and formidable intensity. A small amount of fruit from other select Napa Valley AVAs contributed added complexity, each sub-region bringing something a little different to the blend.