2004 Merlot - Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard
Beckstoffer-Las Amigas Vineyard, Blocks H1, D5 and D2
Carneros, Napa Valley
- 30 days on the skins
- Native yeast fermentation with gentle pump-overs
- Bottled unfiltered
18 months in new French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels
14.5% by volume
This wine should develop complexity with up to ten years in the bottle and hold for many years after that.
The Beckstoffer family has been growing us some of our best Merlot in their Las Amigas vineyards since the mid-90s. This modern Carneros planting includes a number of excellent clones divided among many small blocks, all on a vertical, shoot-positioned trellis. 2004 was a very early season, from budbreak to harvest, and produced a relatively small crop of well-ripened fruit.