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St. Clement Merlot Napa Valley 2005

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The 2005 growing season was an incredibly long one in the Napa Valley, with harvest being nearly four weeks later than last year for some vineyards. The season started with a late bud break, and cool temperatures prevailed throughout the year and into the beginning of September. Thankfully, fall brought perfect weather and abundant sunshine allowing for full flavor development and ripe tannins. The majority of this Merlot is grown in Carneros, located at the southern tip of the valley close to the San Pablo Bay. Cooling fogs from the bay ensure even ripening and balanced acidity. This wine offers rich aromas of black cherry, bramble, currant and dark chocolate. The palate has a dense, concentrated core with notes of cranberry, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoky oak. The grapes for this Merlot were hand harvested and fermented in a combination of open and closed top fermenters to maximize concentration and extraction in the final blend. The addition of 7 percent Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and complexity. Each lot was aged separately in 100 percent French oak (40 percent new) for 19 months before blending.

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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

Member Reviews for St. Clement Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Heathen83
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3.50 5
03/14/2009

Heavily oaked yet mildly tannic. Not quite as smooth as the 2004 vintage, but well balanced and delightful in its own right. Hints of black and red fruit in the mouth.


External Reviews for St. Clement Merlot Napa Valley

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 92A beautiful young Merlot, soft and lush, with the classic tannic structure of Napa Valley. With intricate currant, cocoa-dusted cappuccino, cherry skin, herb and cedar flavors, it should hold and improve for up to six years.Wine Tasting NotesDense ruby red in color, this wine explodes with fruit aromas of ripe black plum and black cherry together with hints of coffee and vanilla. Immediately the celebration of fruit greets the palate and commingles with flavors of candied violets, cedar and sweet tobacco from the 100 percent French oak barrels.The supple, velvety tannins in this delectable Merlot create a long, complex finish of spice and black fruit to the very end.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/03/2009

Dark ruby core with a bright rim. Fleshy fruit aromas of black and red cherries surrounded by darker earth, roast coffee, licorice and a nice violet floral lift. Soft on the front palate with nice round tannins building on the mid-palate giving great... Mike Supple. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2005 St Clement Merlot 750ml



The 2005 growing season was an incredibly long one in the Napa Valley, with harvest being nearly four weeks later than last year for some vineyards. The season started with a late bud break, and cool temperatures prevailed throughout the year and into the beginning of September. Thankfully, fall brought perfect weather and abundant sunshine allowing for full flavor development and ripe tannins. The majority of this Merlot is grown in Carneros, located at the southern tip of the valley close to the San Pablo Bay. Cooling fogs from the bay ensure even ripening and balanced acidity. This wine offers rich aromas of black cherry, bramble, currant and dark chocolate. The palate has a dense, concentrated core with notes of cranberry, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoky oak. The grapes for this Merlot were hand harvested and fermented in a combination of open and closed top fermenters to maximize concentration and extraction in the final blend. The addition of 7 percent Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and complexity. Each lot was aged separately in 100 percent French oak (40 percent new) for 19 months before blending.

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