The 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent with all of our Estate fruit in the winery by October 10th. A warm dry spring brought an early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. In the weeks after Labor Day, a moderate heat event followed by a period of perfect weather created a dream scenario for end-of-season ripening. Rain was not a factor, and for the second vintage in a row, the quality of the grapes was exceptional throughout Napa Valley.
The warmer 2013 vintage yielded a wine that showcases a beautifully intense expression of everything we love about Rector Creek Merlot. It starts with voluptuous flavors of blueberry, acai, red currant and violet that unfold across a richly structured palate. Though this is a robust wine, it also has the finesse and velvety finish we prize in our Rector Creek Merlot.
Cooperage 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons) Barrel Aging: 18 Months Age of Barrels: 75% New, 25% Second vintage