2004 Estate Grown Napa Valley Merlot
» Harvest Notes
The 2004 season began with an early bud break and flowering that led naturally to an early harvest. We began picking grapes the second week of August, but then experienced a cooling trend that allowed additional hang time for many of the later red varieties. This slow and steady period of ripening ended just after Labor Day when we welcomed a heat wave that accelerated harvest to an early finish.
» Comments from the Winemaker
This is a well-balanced wine with medium weight, beautiful texture, bright acid, and integrated, supple tannins. The aroma is elegant, with elements of earth, black cherry, vanilla and clove, accompanied by a slightly meaty character. On the palate, the wine is layered with rich fruit flavors, most notably blueberry, blackberry, and plum, and accented by subtle notes of lavender and sage.
» The Wine News
Dense crimson hue. Bright cherry bouquet with blueberry and sweet vanilla accents. Supple mouthfeel on entry that highlights spicy clove, nut and black cherry flavors; beautifully integrated, oakinfused tannins, great balance and weight. Mocha marks a long close that resonates with spice.