Our 2013 Reserve Selection Merlot
offers aromas of black currant, plum and hints of spicy
Upon the palate, robust flavors of blackberry and
blueberry are balanced a touch of violet. With nice structure,
firm tannins and a long finish, this wine is immediately
The grapes for the Napa Valley Merlot were sourced from our
vineyards in Rutherford as well as select growers in Oak Knoll
and across Napa. Our estate vineyards are located on gravelly
alluvial fan soils with good drainage, necessary for growing
excellent quality Merlot. The vineyards are diligently
monitored throughout the growing season to balance the crop
size and quality. Shoot thinning and leaf removal early in the
growing season followed by cluster thinning at veraison, helps
to achieve evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavors.
The 2013 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the earliest
harvested vintages in years. A warm spring led to early bud
break and created the perfect environment for flowering and
fruit set. With warm days and cool nights, our team was able to
maintain ideal acid levels with optimum, bright fruit flavors.
Our Reserve Selection Napa Valley Merlot was hand sorted
and spent an average of 27days on the skins
for 18 months in 20% new French oak, with the remainder in
once and twice-used French oak. Tightly grained barrels yield
their oak characteristics in a more deliberate fashion for a
consistent, well-rounded aging process.
Deep ruby in the glass.
Pairs well with slow roasted pork chops or a rich