Napa Valley 2013
A warm, dry spring brought early bud break in 2013; we experienced ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity. Early ripening varietals came off the vines by early September, with perfect ripeness and ideal hang time. Two brief mid-September rains had virtually no impact, as sunny weather dried the grapes almost immediately. Cool, sunny weather throughout October allowed great flavor development. Overall, the 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent.
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 eighteen 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.
Press & Acclaim
90 points - 2012 Vintage
"A soft and juicy red with blueberry and chocolate character. Full and silky. Delicious now"
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2015 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.6%
• TA: 0.61g/100ml
• pH: 3.54
• Oak Aging: 18 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 35% new
• Bottling Date: July 13, 2015
• Production: 970 cases