Nose

A lush, vibrant deep nose offers black cherry, cocoa, espresso, thyme, and black olive. It’s reminiscent of the very successful 2007 but with a bit more restraint.

Palate

The rich mouth impression is quickly tempered by a firm structure with appropriate ripe tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is lively and restates the earlier espresso and cocoa notes.

Growing Conditions

2010 was one of the most intriguing and unusual vintages in my 30-year career in Napa Valley. The coolest summer in decades was followed by scorching heat in August. As a result, some clusters shriveled and yields were down 10 to 15%. On the positive side, a cool, long growing season allowed great flavor development at lower sugars and wines that tend toward more elegance. Vineyards: Stewart Vineyard Carneros

Bottling

Bottling Date: September 10, 2012.

Winemaking

Fermentation: 8 days, up to 82º Maceration: 14 days total before pressing

Aging

21 months in French oak, 55% new.

Appearance

Our 2010 Merlot is a youthful dark ruby in color and nearly opaque. .