The 2005 Carneros Merlot exhibits assertive aromas of black berries, dark cherry and blueberry underpinned with darker notes of coffee, tobacco and cedar.
The flavors of this bright, young wine echo the ripe fruit of the nose with added nuances of briar spice, vanilla and toasty oak melting into a finish of bittersweet chocolate and bay leaf. These rich flavors are wrapped together with a creamy mouthfeel and chewy tannins that prolong the intensity. Enjoy now or cellar for up to 10 years.
The grapes were hand picked in early October 2005 and lightly crushed, leaving a percentage of whole berries. The wine underwent 23-31 days of extended maceration and was pumped over traditionally.
This wine was aged for 15 months in new, medium-plus toasted French oak barrels.
It was neither fined nor filtered prior to bottling in March 2007.