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1999 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
  • 36 days on the skins
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
19 months in French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (68% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
June, 2002

BOTTLING DATE
August, 2001

PRODUCTION
1,120 cases

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

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This wine is made from grapes grown in the Beckstoffer family’s Las Amigas Merlot vineyard in Carneros. The modern planting of clones 181 and 314 on a vertical, shoot-positioned trellis is producing very concentrated, supple wines of stand-alone quality.