As a finished wine, this cuvee reveals thoroughly ripe blackberry aromas and flavors with a seductively rich mid palate.

Growing Conditions

Like so many things of great beauty, our 2002 Merlot lots were shy in their infancy, evolving slowly before strutting their stuff and blowing us away with their power and grace. Now? Wow! 100% Merlot, our 2002 Merlot is blended from twelve individually vinified lots culled from vineyard blocks spanning our mountaintop estate, and consequently, the county line.

Regions: Napa and Sonoma.

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Harvested: Oct. 2002.


Bottled: April 2004.


Fermentation: Stainless steel.


Tronçais oak cooperage contributes a balanced oak profile reminiscent of roasted espresso beans.