Aromas of ripe black plum, fresh-baked pie crust and savory soy waft gently from the glass.
The palate is complex and layered, with notes of wild blackberry, sandalwood, bay leaf, cinnamon oil, brown butter and orange peel. A gorgeous mouth-feel showcases an alluring shale-like minerality and fresh acidity on a firm bed of sweet tannins. Deep and concentrated, the finish serves as a potent reminder of the wine’s highelevation Napa Valley pedigree.
Abundant winter rainfall, a cool spring, late bud break, surprise hail in June, and a touch of mid-harvest precipitation made for a challenging 2011 growing season. Rocky soils and sloping terrains kept our ridgetop vineyards well-drained so while yields were low, fruit was exceptionally balanced and concentrated. Intensive berry-by-berry sorting further ensured optimal quality. To inquire about purchasing, please email or call 707-255-2321.
It was bottled unfined and unfiltered on May 31, 2013.
The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations.
The wine continued to age in 85% new French oak – a combination of Taransaud and St. Martin barrels – for eighteen months.
Evoking a dark berry coulis brushstroke, this Merlot presents a nearly black core with a shimmering ruby edge.