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2005 Merlot - Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard


Vintages
 -2005  -2004  -2003
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BLEND
100% Merlot

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

APPELLATION
Carneros, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

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

BARREL AGING
18 months in new French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

CELLARING
Our Las Amigas Vineyard Merlot will improve in bottle over the next 5 years and hold for many years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
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.

The 2005 bottling shows plum, blackberry and oak framed by a briary/earthy component. We love to pair this wine with gamey meat off the grill, especially lamb.