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2000 Merlot, Napa Valley


  Six vineyards in Napa Valley, including plantings in three sub-appellations--Rutherford, St. Helena and Atlas Peak--were our sources for this Merlot. The fruit comes from a widely diverse selection of hillside and valley floor vineyards, moderate to warm regions and a variety of soil types. The mean age of the plantings is over ten years, and yields in 2000 averaged 3.2 tons per acre.

Winemaking
Following hand-harvesting, the grapes were destemmed only (whole berries). Fermentations were conducted in a combination of open-top vessels with a punch-down device and closed tanks with gentle cap irrigators. Several types of yeast were used for both inoculated and uninoculated fermenting. Most lots were pressed directly to barrel, and malolactic fermentations finished in barrel. After one year, the wines were racked and returned to barrel for an additional year of aging.

Tasting Notes
The nose of this wine is full of black plum and sweet cherry aromas. It is elegant and refined with soft juicy red currant and strawberry flavors on the palate. The finish is long, smooth and silky.

14,356 cases produced.
Alcohol content, 13.8% by volume.

Wine Enthusiast

"Has the prettiest bouquet of red cherries and smoke, with hints of bacon, thyme, mint and white chocolate. Equally complex on the palate, with the most generous texture. Pure velvet." Editor's Choice.

Houston Chronicle

"What merlot should be a generous dollop of fruit, but fruit with body, not some wimped-out, washed-out red wine..." 4 stars.

California Grapevine

"Highly recommended...attractive, forward, toasty, spicy, green olive and sweet cherry fruit aroma; medium-full body; rich, moderately concentrated herbal, cherry and berry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin; slightly dry and tarrish on the finish; lingering aftertaste."

Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California

"Wine of the Week. Rich and ripe without being over-ripe. A vibrant texture, with aromas and flavors of red currant, cherry cola, dusty cedar and sweet wood. Polished." 4 stars.

Wine Spectator

"Focused on tasty red cherry, black berry and plum, turning spicy and cedary, with firm tannins." James Laube's Smart Buys in California Merlot.

Restaurant Wine

"A complex, concentrated Merlot, with layers of new oak character. It is full bodied, moderately rich, and quite woody, which shows through on the finish."

Quarterly Review of Wines

"California Best of the Best. Good deep color; brooding black-fruit and toasted-oak nose; lush, concentrated, blackberry, coffee and nutty-oak-vanillin flavors; soft, elegant finish." Excellent.

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