It offers distinctive and enticing aromas of plum
and black cherry, made more intriguing by hints of tea and sage.
The wine’s structure and gentle entry blossom into
expansive flavors that are harmonious, balanced, and complex, and invite you back for another taste. I predict
excellent longevity for our 2009.
2009 will be discussed and evaluated in two ways—before and after the rains. It was a beautiful, mild, long growing
season with great flavor development in the grapes. Everything before the rains arguably is equal to anything of this
decade, and fortunately, we harvested our Merlot several days before the October 13 downpour.
Vineyards: Stewart Vineyard Carneros
Bottling Date: June 22, 2011.
Fermentation: 8 days, up to 80º
Maceration: 16 days total before pressing
18 months in French oak, 50% new.
The wine is medium dark ruby in color, still very fresh and vibrant.