2008 Merlot, Napa Valley
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
- Handpicked, Triple Sorted
- Extended maceration
- Minimal handling; only racked twice
- Unfined and unfiltered
Aged 20 months in French oak (60% new)
14.9% by volume
Decant in its youth and enjoy over the next 10 years.
Sourced mostly from the cooler, southern part of the Napa Valley, the fruit was hand-picked and triple-sorted before undergoing extended maceration and a long, cool fermentation for increased flavor and color. The wine was aged for 20 months in 60% new French oak and minimally racked before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The 2008 vintage was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The growing season started with a historic frost that resulted in some mild crop loss in the cooler areas, particularly with Chardonnay. Record high temperatures in May were abruptly followed by dry winds and then a cool rainy patch. With the lighter crop and warm, dry remainder of the growing season, ripening progressed ideally through harvest. The result is a slightly smaller crop in 2008 with above average to excellent quality.
Our 2008 Napa Valley Merlot shows aromas red and blackberry jams with pronounced earth and chocolate notes. This is a bigger style Merlot with great structure that will hold up to grilled red meats and other savory pairings.