Mount Veeder Merlot 2004

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About This Wine: This mountain grown Merlot is 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. It explodes wit...

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About This Wine: This mountain grown Merlot is 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. It explodes with its varietal fruit flavors, not overpowering the elegant characteristics that only great wines posses. Equal to or better than the great wines from Pomerol. This wine is where California meets Bordeaux.<br/><br/> <strong>Tasting Notes:</strong> Gorgeous color of deep bluish/purple to the red hued rim. Off the cork the room fills with aromas of violet, blueberries and blue plum. Rich, lush and long, the texture of this wine is beguiling, as if the flavors are floating above the palette...giving a strong impression of blueberries, blue plum, hints of violet, apricot and nectarine leading to a stony, minerality long into the finish.<br/><br/> About The Winery: After seven years operating as “Napa Redwoods Estate” we have decided to include our family name on our label as you will see with the new 2005 vintage labels. “Yates Family Vineyard” is owned by Michael and Lynn Yates, with the winery and vineyard staffed by their two daughters Whitney and Mary. Mary is running the administrating end of the business and Whitney is hands on in the winery and vineyard operations. Both are also actively promoting the wines in all of our markets. The Yates family has owned the property for more than 60 years.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Mike was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area in a large, close-knit family. He graduated from Chico State University in 1977 with a B.S. in Agriculture, specializing in Trees and Vines – and a dream that one day he would be running the family vineyard ranch. Fostering Mike’s love of the land was the summer vacations spent working in the vineyards. He is now finishing up replanting vineyards that he first planted back in his high school years.<br/><br/> His love for wine was ingrained in him at an early age because of his father, Alden and his grandfather Perry, and their passion for fine wines. Alden traveled the world extensively and developed his zeal for French Bordeaux wine. You can see the influence in Mike’s style of winemaking.<br/><br/> Becoming a farmer first and later a winemaker, he knows that all great wines come from great vineyards. Choosing the right rootstock and the correct clone for each variety has been a labor of love and his life's enjoyment is sharing these grapes with other wineries that have that same passion.<br/><br/> About The Vineyard: The Yates Family Vineyard is located on the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, in the Mount Veeder Appellation in an area historically known as the “Napa Redwoods.” In 1880, Nicholas Streich, a German immigrant brought his two oldest sons with him to farm the land for grapes and to make wine. They built a small, wood and stone winery in 1880, and in 1902 added on a larger stone facility. Today, the “ghost winery” remains in remarkable condition - an exceptional example of an original gravity-flow winery.<br/><br/> The 35 acres of steep, hillside vineyards soar to over 1,200 feet elevation. Each block or section, with its own particular sun exposure, microclimate and volcanic soils, imparts unique characteristics to the grapes. A temperate growing season ensures thorough ripening and uncommonly rich, concentrated fruit flavors. Hand-farmed terraces, small yields, and a near-perfect combination of climate, rock, and soils contribute to the exceptional quality of the grapes.<br/><br/> Since 1950 the Yates family has farmed the land, made wine for family and friends, and supplied local wineries with their mountain grapes. The first commercial release (1999) in May 2002 under the Napa Redwoods Estate label was very well received. It is still sought after by the cognoscenti. 1999 and 2000 produced only about 350 cases, roughly ½ varietal Merlot and ½ Alden Perry Reserve, a Cabernet Sauvignon based ‘Bordeaux blend’.<br/><br/> 2001 brought production up and a new wine, a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2002 production was up again and a 4th wine, Cabernet Franc, introduced. With the great 2004 vintage our production was down to only 709 total cases and only 3 wines, all single varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.<br/><br/> This vintage 2005 will prove to be one of the greatest for Napa mountain appellations. We introduced our new label Yates Family Vineyard and are back to 4 wines including; the Alden Perry reserve and our classic Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition we have created 2 entirely new wines Cheval and Fleur de Veeder.<br/><br/> Yates Family Vineyard shows the classic Mt. Veeder character, great aromatics of exotic floral, warm brown spice and deep stony minerality. These elements all contribute to the extremely long-lived wines from this vineyard.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal:</strong> 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Mount Veeder – Napa Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.1%<br/><br/> <strong>Aging:</strong> Aged for 18 months in 100% French Oak<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> June 2006<br/><br/>

About This Wine: This mountain grown Merlot is 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. It explodes with its varietal fruit flavors, not overpowering the elegant characteristics that only great wines posses. Equal to or better than the great wines from Pomerol. This wine is where California meets Bordeaux.<br/><br/> <strong>Tasting Notes:</strong> Gorgeous color of deep bluish/purple to the red hued rim. Off the cork the room fills with aromas of violet, blueberries and blue plum. Rich, lush and long, the texture of this wine is beguiling, as if the flavors are floating above the palette...giving a strong impression of blueberries, blue plum, hints of violet, apricot and nectarine leading to a stony, minerality long into the finish.<br/><br/> About The Winery: After seven years operating as “Napa Redwoods Estate” we have decided to include our family name on our label as you will see with the new 2005 vintage labels. “Yates Family Vineyard” is owned by Michael and Lynn Yates, with the winery and vineyard staffed by their two daughters Whitney and Mary. Mary is running the administrating end of the business and Whitney is hands on in the winery and vineyard operations. Both are also actively promoting the wines in all of our markets. The Yates family has owned the property for more than 60 years.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Mike was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area in a large, close-knit family. He graduated from Chico State University in 1977 with a B.S. in Agriculture, specializing in Trees and Vines – and a dream that one day he would be running the family vineyard ranch. Fostering Mike’s love of the land was the summer vacations spent working in the vineyards. He is now finishing up replanting vineyards that he first planted back in his high school years.<br/><br/> His love for wine was ingrained in him at an early age because of his father, Alden and his grandfather Perry, and their passion for fine wines. Alden traveled the world extensively and developed his zeal for French Bordeaux wine. You can see the influence in Mike’s style of winemaking.<br/><br/> Becoming a farmer first and later a winemaker, he knows that all great wines come from great vineyards. Choosing the right rootstock and the correct clone for each variety has been a labor of love and his life's enjoyment is sharing these grapes with other wineries that have that same passion.<br/><br/> About The Vineyard: The Yates Family Vineyard is located on the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, in the Mount Veeder Appellation in an area historically known as the “Napa Redwoods.” In 1880, Nicholas Streich, a German immigrant brought his two oldest sons with him to farm the land for grapes and to make wine. They built a small, wood and stone winery in 1880, and in 1902 added on a larger stone facility. Today, the “ghost winery” remains in remarkable condition - an exceptional example of an original gravity-flow winery.<br/><br/> The 35 acres of steep, hillside vineyards soar to over 1,200 feet elevation. Each block or section, with its own particular sun exposure, microclimate and volcanic soils, imparts unique characteristics to the grapes. A temperate growing season ensures thorough ripening and uncommonly rich, concentrated fruit flavors. Hand-farmed terraces, small yields, and a near-perfect combination of climate, rock, and soils contribute to the exceptional quality of the grapes.<br/><br/> Since 1950 the Yates family has farmed the land, made wine for family and friends, and supplied local wineries with their mountain grapes. The first commercial release (1999) in May 2002 under the Napa Redwoods Estate label was very well received. It is still sought after by the cognoscenti. 1999 and 2000 produced only about 350 cases, roughly ½ varietal Merlot and ½ Alden Perry Reserve, a Cabernet Sauvignon based ‘Bordeaux blend’.<br/><br/> 2001 brought production up and a new wine, a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2002 production was up again and a 4th wine, Cabernet Franc, introduced. With the great 2004 vintage our production was down to only 709 total cases and only 3 wines, all single varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.<br/><br/> This vintage 2005 will prove to be one of the greatest for Napa mountain appellations. We introduced our new label Yates Family Vineyard and are back to 4 wines including; the Alden Perry reserve and our classic Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition we have created 2 entirely new wines Cheval and Fleur de Veeder.<br/><br/> Yates Family Vineyard shows the classic Mt. Veeder character, great aromatics of exotic floral, warm brown spice and deep stony minerality. These elements all contribute to the extremely long-lived wines from this vineyard.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal:</strong> 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Mount Veeder – Napa Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.1%<br/><br/> <strong>Aging:</strong> Aged for 18 months in 100% French Oak<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> June 2006<br/><br/>

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