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2002 Merlot - Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard

BLEND
100% Merlot

VINEYARDS
Beckstoffer-Las Amigas Vineyard, Blocks D2, D5, D6, G2 and H1

APPELLATION
Carneros, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

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

BARREL AGING
18 months in 100% French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (95% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
May, 2005

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2004

PRODUCTION
1,350 cases

CELLARING
This wine should develop complexity with up to ten years in the bottle and hold for many years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This is the fifth 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 is on a vertical, shoot-positioned trellis and is producing outstanding quality. In 2002 fruit was harvested very ripe on September 19th and 20th. Three of Merryval's seven 2002 merlot lots from the Las Amigas vineyard were included in this blend. All the lots had similar characteristics of dark color, concentration, suppleness and balance.