Hartwell Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District Estate Grown 2005
2005 HARTWELL ESTATE MERLOTSTAGS LEAP DISTRICT, NAPA VALLEYStarting with a late rainy spring that delayed flowering and gave us some concerns with the possibility of crop loss; the 2005 vintage was unusually late due to a cool weather front for most of the season with temperatures that averaged between 70-80. Thankfully Mother Nature brought us a nearly perfect fall with plenty of sunshine and average temperatures allowing us to pick the fruit later in the season; this extended hang time has enhanced the flavor and color development of the grapes leading to a very exciting wine.Rich and concentrated aromas of sweet cherry, plum, baking spices opening with mocha and coffee notes leading to a beautifully balanced elegant Merlot. The texture of the wine is polished and silky; making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will gain complexity and evolve with 7 to 8 years of bottle age.Appellation: Stags Leap District Release Date: Spring 2008Blend: 86% Merlot 14%Cab Suggested Retail: $75 Aging: Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels
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Wine Tasting NotesAromas of black cherry, baking spices, and ultra-ripe raspberries rise from the glass. On the entry, the intensity of the fruit excites the senses, and layers upon layers of flavor rush across the palate. The texture of the wine is polished and silky, making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will most definitely gain complexity with 3 to 5 years of bottle age.