Nose

Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, and toffee on the nose.

Palate

Boysenberry, plum, black cherry, cedar, and cocoa powder on the palate.

Growing Conditions

The 2014 Merlot Reserve is our first release of a single varietal Napa Valley Merlot for our Black Label Collection. This wine is a blend of grapes from Carneros, Calistoga, and Pope Valley. All three regions are incredibly unique growing areas and impart unique qualities to this blend. The northern regions are much warmer and have rockier soils that produce dense, bold fruit flavors while the southern Carneros region is cooler and lends more elegant and savory notes. Overall the 2014 vintage was a refined, elegant vintage making classic wines that can be nicely consumed in the next three years, but are strong enough to age for 15 years

Aging

22 months in French oak barrels.

Food Pairing

Bordelaise steak and frites, gourmet burger and aioli.