2005 Merlot - Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard
Beckstoffer-Las Amigas Vineyard, Blocks H1, D5 and D2
Carneros, Napa Valley
- 30 days on the skins
- Native yeast fermentation with gentle pump-overs
- Bottled unfiltered
18 months in new French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels
14.5% by volume
Our Las Amigas Vineyard Merlot will improve in bottle over the next 5 years and hold for many years after that.
The Beckstoffer family has been growing us some of our best Merlot in their Las Amigas vineyards since the mid-90s. This modern Carneros planting includes a number of excellent clones divided among many small blocks, all on a vertical, shoot-positioned trellis.
The 2005 bottling shows plum, blackberry and oak framed by a briary/earthy component. We love to pair this wine with gamey meat off the grill, especially lamb.