St. Clement Merlot Napa Valley 2005
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.
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
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.
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