Merlot is a firmly structured wine that will please even a Cabernet wine lover. The wine is bright with a rich mouth feel with flavors of plum and tobacco. The tannins are firm but not gritty and the dry finish is integrated with spicy sweet oak. The rich depth of the wine comes from the low crop yields of the vines. We thin the leafy canopy to expose the fruit to dappled sunlight and remove some of the grape clusters to ensure evenly mature fruit - yielding a rich, full bodied wine with a lovely structure.
Our Merlot grapes are grown primarily in the Yountville appellation. Yountville enjoys the early morning fog and cool growing conditions of the maritime influenced southern Napa Valley - resulting in luscious fruit flavors and great natural acidity. Cabernet sauvignon from Rutherford is blended to add structure to the wine. Syrah from the Canterbury Vineyard heightens fruit perception on the palate and adds depth and length to the finish. Definitely a Cabernet drinkers’ Merlot!