- 750 ml
The dominant flavor of this rich and smooth Merlot is black cherry, with nuances of milk chocolate, integrated spicy oak and arugula. Great balance of fruit, body, tannin and acidity. The depth and richness of flavor provide a smooth profile that delivers from the initial sip and continues on the palate for a long beautiful finish.
|Harvest Date||Harvested between September 2 – October 10|
|Aging||Barrels: French & American (22% new); World Cooperage aged in barrel: 15 months|
|Bottling Date||March 2016|
Keyes Vineyard – Howell Mountain: At roughly 1,850 ft elevation, this Howell Mountain vineyard sits adjacent to the Las Posadas State Forest. The mountainous soil is predominantly volcanic, shallow with low fertility, and producing merlot that expresses dark fruits like blackberry and dark currant.
Stage Coach Vineyard — Atlas Peak: This vineyard is located northeast of Napa, a newer region that is yielding fantastic fruit. The foothill chaparral terrain is very rocky and dry with weak soils, causing the vines to struggle and imparting an intense concentration of flavors. The Merlot grapes ripen very evenly, yielding great dark cherry depth.
Gamble Ranch and Dos Rios Vineyards — Yountville: Located in the heart of the Yountville Appellation, west of the Napa River. The soil is a rich clay loam, producing grapes with typical varietal character flavors of dark plum, cherry and arugula.
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