Cellar No. 8 Merlot California 2004
A deep ruby-blue in color, this Merlot has rich aromas of black cherry and spice. The aging in French and American oak barrels gives the wine velvety flavors of mocha and roasted coffee that round out the deep blueberry and plum fruit. One quarter of the grapes for this wine came from the vineyards surrounding the Asti winery, providing structure and beautiful cherry flavors. Merlot from the Alexander Valley adds soft tannins and rich blueberry notes, while grapes from the Napa Valley contribute dark fruit and enhanced mouthfeel. The 2004 growing season started with ideal spring weather for bud break and flowering. The rest of the year was warm delivering an early harvest. The grapes were brought in starting at the end of August and harvest was complete by the middle of September.
Today, Cellar No. 8 wines honor this tradition of winemaking in a series of rich, complex wines from carefully chosen vineyard sites throughout California.