The 2009 growing season in the Napa Valley was characterized by moderate temperatures, which slowed ripening and gave the grapes more time to develop rich flavors. Spring of 2009 was warm and dry, which led to an early bud break. Although harvest was slow to start, warmer temperatures in August accelerated the last days of the maturation process, creating grapes with intense concentration and flavor.
Our 2009 Napa Valley Merlot reveals a combination of plum, ripe red cherry, raspberry, and soft spice aromas. These concentrated aromas continue on the palate along with hints of chocolate and blueberry that meld into a plush, velvety finish.
88% MERLOT, 6% ZINFANDEL, 4% PETITE SIRAH, 2% PETIT VERDOT. After primary fermentation, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrel and was racked and filtered prior to aging in a mixture of new and used French and American oak barrels for approximately 17 months.
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