2013 FHB Merlot
- Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
100% Main Ranch
- September 10-October 9
- 21 months in (50% new)
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The spring was warm and dry, getting the vines off to an early start. The weather stayed warm throughout the summer but was free of damaging heat spells. September brought a classic Napa Valley autumn with warm days and very cool nights. With the consistent warmth, the harvest began about two weeks early and we had a very busy September. The beautiful growing season resulted in truly exceptional wines—full of ripe flavors, developed in the sunshine, and balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights.The Wine
“F·H·B”—Family Hold Back is designated for special wines made in very small quantities. It is a code for the Family to “hold back” and don’t drink all of this rare wine, reserving more for our friends to enjoy. We hope you will!
This beautiful wine is filled with depth and richness. The aroma starts with notes of floral then crescendos with black fruits. The palate gives way to plum, currant and a rich smokiness. Silky tannins and structure lead into a savory sage finish.Food Affinities
Great with prime rib and lighter gamey dishes such as duck and quail. Side dishes should include mushrooms or mushroom based sauces.