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2000 Merlot - Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard

BLEND
100% Merlot

VINEYARDS
Beckstoffer – Las Amigas Vineyard

APPELLATION
Carneros, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Native yeast fermentation with gentle pump-overs
  • 34 days on the skins
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
19 months in thin-stave French oak Bordeaux barrels (74% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2002

PRODUCTION
1,305 cases

CELLARING
With proper cellaring, this wine will continue to develop complexity over the next five years and hold for eight to ten years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This is the third year of a vineyard-designated Merryvale bottling from the Beckstoffer family’s Las Amigas Merlot vineyard in Carneros. This modern planting of Clones 181 and 314 on a vertical, shoot-positioned trellis is producing very concentrated, supple wines of outstanding quality.