Nose

This wine reveals an exceptional array of aromas, from caramelized sugar and dried cranberry to crushed sage, cinnamon stick, clove and toasted oak.

Palate

This luscious wine is round and full on the entry with fresh fruit flavors of blueberry, blackberry and red fruit, intertwined with hints of dark chocolate and mocha that continue through the long finish, supported by chewy tannins, integrated oak and mouthwatering acidity.

Growing Conditions

In Napa Valley, 2014 was a consistently temperate growing season, with moderate temperatures and minimal rain in September, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit.

Harvest

The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early to mid-October.

Winemaking

Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved.

Aging

Racked to 50 percent new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.

Appearance

Deep garnet in color.

Food Pairing

Ripe and elegant, this Merlot would pair excellently with a savory dish, such as roasted duck breast or eggplant moussaka. Additionally, this wine would make a for a fantastic cheese course when matched with Asiago, an Italian cow’s milk cheese with sharp flavors.