Nose

Deep aromas of ripe plum, bay, dried herb, black olive and vanilla.

Palate

Once again and typical for this wine, is the lively, uplifting mouth that greets you with appropriate acidity and will sustain this wine for a very long time. Tannins are seamless and disappear into the background. I believe that red wine should be refreshing as well, never ponderous, and offer our 2013 as a great example of that philosophy.

Growing Conditions

After the marvelous 2012 vintage, we were rewarded again in 2013, with a nearly perfect growing season, and a long ripening period as well. Vineyards: Stewart Vineyard—Carneros; Taplin Rd.—St. Helena.

Harvest

I refer to it a “leisurely” harvest, not forced to pick for fear of rain or extreme heat. When the winemaker is relaxed, so is the wine!

Bottling

Bottling Date: May 7, 2015.

Winemaking

Fermentation: 8 days, peak temperature 82º Maceration: 15 days total before pressing

Aging

19 months in French oak, 50% new.

Appearance

Our 2013 Merlot is a youthful dark ruby—almost opaque.