We begin by growing our merlot fruit in the cooler area of napa valley, primarily Yountville-south. Cooler vineyards create deeper color, more vibrant flavors, and denser structure. Small lot winemaking is the rule: we keep each vineyard block separate through the winemaking process, like a collection of limited release wines. Each lot is crafted slowly, with extended cold soak and fermentation on the skins, and carefully matched to specific barrel types. Finally, over the last six months, we hone the blend to impart our signature style— rich and vibrant flavors, yet supple tannins and texture.
Wine Maker Notes
This wine shows rich, lush and velvety fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries that merge with light toasted oak. Our Oakville estate produces distinctive, supple Merlot characterized by flavors of cherries and plums. Blended with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc this wine is well balanced and structured with a lingering finish.