Napa Valley 2012
2012 proved to be a perfect growing season in Napa Valley. Near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights provided textbook conditions for the vines. Optimum ripeness was easily achieved, bringing exceptional quality into the cellar. The wines are showing a smooth balance of acids and sugars, great depth of color, and beautiful aromatics. Yields were near-normal in quantity.
The backbone of this Merlot is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, where half the grapes are sourced from a relatively cool region. The balance of fruit is sourced from the Nichelini Vineyard in Chiles Valley, adding layers of rich fruit to the palate. The small berry clusters and intense fruit from low-yielding vines create a wine with full flavor and longevity. Both vineyards are under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage.
Vineyards were hand-picked at the peak of maturity. Following harvest, the grapes were gently crushed and fermented. The wines were then aged in small French oak barrels with extended lees contact for twenty months. Only 35% new barrels were used to maintain maximum fruit flavors with just a hint of toasty oak.
Sweet cherry, ripe plum, hints of vanilla and overtones of anise and aged leather appear in the aroma. On the palate, this generous wine features cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and a lingering finish.
Ratings & Reviews
89 points, Editors' Choice - 2007 Vintage
"This is a really nice wine. It tastes like Merlot should, soft and fruity. Shows cherry, violet, bacon and sandalwood flavors that finish long and spicy. Great value for a wine of this quality. Drink now."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2010 Download PDF
88 points - 2007 Vintage
"Sleek and supple, with currant and toasty vanilla aromas and modestly structured cherry, sage and tomato-leaf flavors that finish with ripe but firm tannins. Drink now through 2014."
- T.F., Wine Spectator, August 9, 2010 Download PDF
Best New Wine Deals - 2007 Vintage
Waterstone gets the majority of its fruit from Napa Valley’s Truchard Vineyards, one of the largest and best vineyards in the region. The wine is lush and deeply flavorful, reminiscent of ripe black cherries.
- Food & Wine Magazine, May 2010 Download PDF
88 points - 2006 Vintage
"A very dry, somewhat herbal Merlot, with a brittle, tannic mouthfeel. It has flavors of black cherries, currants and sage. Feels elegant and sophisticated in the mouth, a wine to drink now."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2010
• Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.7%
• TA: 0.61g/100ml
• pH: 3.50
• Oak Aging: 20 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 35% new
• Bottling Date: August 19, 2014
• Production: 1,508 cases