Because Merlot flourishes in relatively cool growing regions with moist soils, it’s extremely well-suited to the ancient alluvial loams, temperate climate, and long growing season of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, a sweet spot between Napa’s warmer up-valley regions and its cool southern tip.
12% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot
- Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
99% Main Ranch
- September 11 - November 5
- 16 months in 95% French & 5% American
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2009 was an excellent, even-keeled vintage in Napa Valley. Consistently mild weather throughout the growing and harvest seasons resulted in stress-free vines, long grape hang times, and fruit with finely developed flavors at lower-than-normal sugar levels.The Wine
Savory aromas of robust plum, cherry and chocolate come through the nose with hints of pepper, molasses and spice on the full and lush finish.Food Affinities
Try with pastas in richer sauces like Alfredo and Bolognese or with scallops wrapped in prosciutto.Accolades
90 POINTS vintage 2009
“Smooth, fresh and mellow with nice spice and elegant flavors of plum and cinnamon; juicy and charming.”
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, January 2013
TOP TEN HOLIDAY WINES
Gayot, December 2012
PLATINUM vintage 2009
San Diego International Wine Competition,
BEST MERLOT vintage 2008
(900 Wines Tasted)
Winemaker Challenge, Robert Whitley
TOP 5 MERLOTS (80 International Merlots Tasted) vintage 2008
"After being slammed by Hollywood, Merlot is getting its due again"
Bob Ecker, Napa Valley Register,
93 POINTS vintage 2007
“Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots out there.”
Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Bob Hosmon, Syndicated Columnist vintage 2002
"...Reminds me of the best merlots produced in the Pomerol region of France..."
Ben Giliberti, Washington Post,
"...reminiscent of the ethereal, merlot-based wines made by Christian Moueix in Pomerol..."