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The Napa Valley AVA is renowned for its long growing season, marked by warm, sunny days and cool evenings. Our 2012 Napa Valley Merlot was crafted entirely from grapes sourced from specially selected blocks on our estate vineyard. We chose grapes from four particular blocks with different soil series and sun exposure to create a complex wine with multiple layers of flavor. The 2012 vintage in the Napa Valley was ideal, with mild temperatures throughout to allow for even ripening and a smooth harvest.
Our 2012 Napa Valley Merlot offers a desirable combination of concentrated plum and dark cherry flavors that are nicely framed by notes of soft spice. These rich flavors continue on the palate and joined with hints of chocolate and blueberry that meld into a plush, velvety finish.
Upon arrival at the winery, the Merlot grapes were destemmed, and the must was then cold soaked for five days and fermented at a maximum temperature of 85F. The must remained in contact with the skins for approximately 15 to 20 days. After primary fermentation, we racked the wine into barrel for malolactic fermentation on fine lees to add enhanced texture and mouthfeel. We managed the wine as individual barrel lots, racking up to four times during aging. The wine was aged in oak barrels, a third of which was new oak, for approximately 15 months.
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