Napa Valley 2018
After abundant rains in February, both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late but under ideal weather conditions. A mild summer brought generous sun (and no heat spikes) during the day and cool marine influences, while moderate heat in the fall extended harvest dates into October. The long hangtime produced fruit with great flavor complexity and phenominal phenolic development.
The backbone of this Merlot is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, where the appellation begins at its ascent into the Mayacamas mountain range. 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.
Vineyard blocks 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 20 months. 27% new barrels were used to maintain maximum fruit flavors with just a hint of toasty oak.
This Merlot delivers multi-layered aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, fresh-baked brioche, vanilla bean and dark chocolate. A medium-bodied wine with plush tannins and a long finish of fresh blackberries.
• Varietal Composition: 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 15.1%
• TA: 0.63g/100ml
• pH: 3.54
• Oak Aging: 20 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 27% new
• Bottling Date: January 19, 2021
• Production: 728 cases