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Even and consistent ripening conditions graced the 2002 vintage. We picked Merlot from a variety of Napa Valley site...Read more...
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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 Spec... Read more
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... Read more
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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.
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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