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2007 Merlot, Napa Valley




Awards & Accolades

Vintages
 -2010  -2009  -2008

BLEND
75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc

VINEYARDS
Beckstoffer Las Amigas, Showket, Stanton

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Handpicked, triple sorted
  • Extended maceration
  • Minimal handling; only racked twice
  • Unfined and unfiltered

BARREL AGING
Aged 21 months in French oak (60% new)

ALCOHOL
14.9% by volume

CELLARING
The wine will age gracefully for the next ten years.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Winemaking
Sourced mostly from the cooler, southern part of the Napa Valley, the fruit was hand-picked and triple-sorted before undergoing extended maceration and a long, cool fermentation for increased flavor and color. The wine was aged for 21 months in 60% new French oak and minimally racked before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vintage
The 2007 vintage was one of the best in recent memory. After a normal bud break, the valley experienced mild weather through the growing season with a slightly cooler summer and warm September. This climate resulted in slow, even ripening with a crop just slightly smaller than normal, and the highly desired small berry size. Winemakers across the valley are very excited about the 2007 vintage.

Tasting Notes
Our 2007 Napa Valley Merlot shows aromas of plum and brambly blackberry along with vanilla, dark chocolate, baking spices and roasted sage. The mouthfeel is broad and lingering into the finish.

Our favorite pairings include homemade pasta with a boar or veal ragĂș and very sharp cheeses.