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Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain District 2003

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This new Merlot is a blend of fruit from Barnett�s renowned estate property high atop Spring Mountain in Napa overlooking St. Helena and just across the road from Paloma Merlot (rated #1 wine in the world by Wine Spectator). The average age of the Barnett estate vineyards and York Creek's vines is over 20 years! This wine has gorgeous dark cherry flavors with aromas of smoke, coco and caramel. Smooth and complex with vibrant fruit followed by a prolonged finish. Well-structured tannins, intense fruit and the proper amount of balance between power and finesse are achieved in this Spring Mountain Merlot. Blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate. EXCLUSIVE PODCAST: Porthos exclusive audio podcast, THE WINE INSIDERS: NEWS FROM NAPA presents an interview with Nile Zacherle, winemaker for Barnett Vineyards. Visit the podcast page and listen online or download to your iPod or other digital music player.

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Barnett Vineyards:
With passion and patience, Fiona and Hal Barnett created this vineyard and winery in 1983 with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve it's own AVA and become known as a unique microclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. The viney... Read more
With passion and patience, Fiona and Hal Barnett created this vineyard and winery in 1983 with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve it's own AVA and become known as a unique microclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. The vineyards are located at the top of Spring Mountain, at elevation 2,000ft, and planted on steep terraces that follow the contour of the land. In some places, the grade averages in excess of 35%. Mountainside farming is very challenging. The vines must struggle to reach nutrients and water in the soil and, as a result, yield only one to two tons per acre. The elements of sun, temperature, and well-drained porous soils give an advantageous water stress to the vines and contribute to the depth, richness and character of the wines. Grapes are harvested by hand; vineyard row by row, as optimum ripeness and maturity is reached. Fermentation is done in small batches. Since the winery's first 100 cases in 1989, Barnett Vineyards has grown to approximately 6,000 cases total production. Rattlesnake Hill and Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignons are the focus at the estate with total Cabernet production varying between 2,100 and 3,000 cases annually. In addition, Barnett Vineyards produces limited amounts of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown from single vineyards located in well-desired appellations. Read less

External Reviews for Barnett Vineyards Merlot Spring Mountain District

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2003 Barnett Vineyards Merlot Napa 1500ml



This new Merlot is a blend of fruit from Barnett�s renowned estate property high atop Spring Mountain in Napa overlooking St. Helena and just across the road from Paloma Merlot (rated #1 wine in the world by Wine Spectator). The average age of the Barnett estate vineyards and York Creek's vines is over 20 years! This wine has gorgeous dark cherry flavors with aromas of smoke, coco and caramel. Smooth and complex with vibrant fruit followed by a prolonged finish. Well-structured tannins, intense fruit and the proper amount of balance between power and finesse are achieved in this Spring Mountain Merlot. Blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate. EXCLUSIVE PODCAST: Porthos exclusive audio podcast, THE WINE INSIDERS: NEWS FROM NAPA presents an interview with Nile Zacherle, winemaker for Barnett Vineyards. Visit the podcast page and listen online or download to your iPod or other digital music player.

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