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2010 Merlot, Napa Valley




Vintages
 -2010  -2009  -2008

BLEND
77% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec

VINEYARDS
Farella, Hyde, Kenefick, Stagecoach

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Handpicked, Triple Sorted
  • Extended maceration, average 21 days on skins
  • Native malolactic fermentation
  • Minimal handling; racked twice
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered

BARREL AGING
Aged 22 months in French oak (50% new)

ALCOHOL
14.9% by volume

CELLARING
Decant in its youth and enjoy over the next 10 years.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Winemaking
Sourced mostly from the cooler, southern part of the Napa Valley, the fruit was hand-picked and triple-sorted before undergoing an extended cold soak, with 3 weeks on the skins. After primary fermentation and native malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 22 months in French oak (50% new) and minimally racked before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vintage
The 2010 harvest in the Napa Valley was an ultimately very rewarding vintage. The coolest summer since 1972 continued into the fall, resulting in some of the latest picking dates in memory. The extended hang time increased complexity in the grapes, which were picked at moderate to slightly lower sugar levels. The results were outstanding white wines with bright acidity and wonderful aromatics, and red wines with dense color, superior concentration, and balance, all at moderate alcohol levels.

Tasting Notes
Our 2010 Napa Valley Merlot displays a variety of fruit notes from the darker end of the spectrum: black cherry, plum, blackberry, as well as some smoky and spicy notes from the oak. The palate is rich and round, with good acidity to maintain the overall balance.