2013 Napa Valley Merlot
Fresh blueberry, plum, and cedar with hints of vanilla focus the aromatics of this Merlot. On the palate, this wine shows sweet, ripe fruit notes with brown spice, forest floor, and black fruit flavors. Supple tannins and a well-balanced acid backbone lead to a lengthy, fruit driven finish.
Manually harvested and picked at optimum ripeness. Hand sorted in the vineyard. De-stemmed and crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. Inoculated with Bordeaux Red yeast, the wine was pumped over twice daily. Near the end of fermentation, the wine was inoculated with malo-lactic bacteria. The wine was pressed when dry in the fermenter, after which it was racked off the gross lees and moved to barrels. Aged 18 months in Bordeaux style French and Hungarian oak barrels. Racked quarterly to aid the natural clarification.