Deep ruby in the glass, the 2013 Reserve Selection Merlot offers aromas of black currant, plum and hints of spicy sandalwood. Upon the palate, robust flavors of blackberry and blueberry are balanced a touch of violet. With nice structure, firm tannins and a long finish, this wine is immediately enjoyable and pairs well with slow roasted pork chops or a rich cheese plate.
Blend: 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petite Sirah
The grapes for the Napa Valley Merlot were sourced from our vineyards in Rutherford as well as select growers in St. Helena and across Napa. Our estate vineyards are located on gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, necessary for growing excellent quality Merlot. The vineyards are diligently monitored throughout the growing season to balance the crop size and quality. Shoot thinning and leaf removal early in the growing season followed by cluster thinning at veraison, helps to achieve evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavors.