St. Clement Merlot Napa Valley 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Even and consistent ripening conditions graced the 2002 vintage. We picked Merlot from a variety of Napa Valley sites throughout the month of October, when phenolic maturity was at its peak. The quality was excellent in our Carneros region vineyards, which produce Merlot of enticing aromatics. Rutherford, a classic area for world-class Merlot, provided fruit of deep concentration and structure. A portion of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon added spicy fruit notes to the final wine. Aromas of cherry, plum, cola and raspberry lead to flavors of sweet black berries and black plum mingling on the palate. This is a supple, luxurious Merlot, highly concentrated, with integrated tannin and structure. This full bodied wine finishes with hints of anis, black pepper and cherry jam. Ageing in 100 percent French oak barrels gives the wine an added softness of texture, as well as coffee, chocolate, and sweet vanilla notes that contribute to the length and the overall complexity of the finish.

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St. Clement Vineyards:
As the third decade of her life begins, Danielle Cyrot brings a broad scope of international winemaking expertise that extends well beyond her age. And as the descendant of French vignerons whose history goes back for centuries, she is also renewing an enological tradition that had been dormant for three generations. Danielle’s great-, great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors... Read more
As the third decade of her life begins, Danielle Cyrot brings a broad scope of international winemaking expertise that extends well beyond her age. And as the descendant of French vignerons whose history goes back for centuries, she is also renewing an enological tradition that had been dormant for three generations. Danielle’s great-, great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors who owned the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy’s famous Côte de Beaune. He donated the land to the Hospice du Beaune after losing his son (Danielle’s great-grandfather) in World War I (fittingly, there is still a Pommard Cyrot cuvée from this property sold in the Hospice du Beaune auction every year.) Danielle’s grandfather moved to Paris, where her father was later born. They soon moved to St. Etienne where they stayed until her father was 16, after which they returned to Paris. Her father eventually moved to the U.S., and during studies at California Institute of Technology, Danielle’s parents met and settled in California. Though aware of her family’s vinous background, it didn’t occur to Danielle that she could revive that winemaking tradition until she reached college. She enrolled at the University of California, Davis, but had not decided on a major until she took an introductory winemaking class taught by popular professor Carole Meredith. Danielle was hooked almost immediately, and turned her full attention to the study of winemaking. She graduated in 1998 with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. While at Davis, Danielle worked the harvest at several wineries in Napa Valley. After graduation, she was determined to experience winemaking in other wine regions, and traveled to Alsace and South Australia to hone her skills. Danielle returned to Napa from her travels abroad in 1999 and joined the team at Stags’ Leap Winery as an enologist. In 2003, Danielle was promoted to assistant winemaker at Stags’ Leap. Danielle is not one to mark time idly. While at Stags’ Leap, she also began collaborating with another winemaker on a sideline project, TwoTone Farm. She was eager to appeal to younger wine drinkers like her, so the brand was a cutting-edge creation: screw-caps, trendy fonts and reasonable pricing. It was an immediate hit. Danielle now turns her full attention to St. Clement. With a range of vineyards to work with, she can utilize her creativity to its fullest in crafting rich, unique wines. For Danielle, it’s a family tradition. Read less

External Reviews for St. Clement Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Tightly wound with firm earthy tannins and a supple mix of earthy currant loamy earth anise sage and cedar notes. Drink now through 2009. Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2009

Tightly wound, with firm, earthy tannins and a supple mix of earthy currant, loamy earth, anise, sage and cedar notes. Drink now through 2009. Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2002 St Clement Merlot 750ml



Even and consistent ripening conditions graced the 2002 vintage. We picked Merlot from a variety of Napa Valley sites throughout the month of October, when phenolic maturity was at its peak. The quality was excellent in our Carneros region vineyards, which produce Merlot of enticing aromatics. Rutherford, a classic area for world-class Merlot, provided fruit of deep concentration and structure. A portion of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon added spicy fruit notes to the final wine. Aromas of cherry, plum, cola and raspberry lead to flavors of sweet black berries and black plum mingling on the palate. This is a supple, luxurious Merlot, highly concentrated, with integrated tannin and structure. This full bodied wine finishes with hints of anis, black pepper and cherry jam. Ageing in 100 percent French oak barrels gives the wine an added softness of texture, as well as coffee, chocolate, and sweet vanilla notes that contribute to the length and the overall complexity of the finish.

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