White Cottage Ranch Merlot Howell Mountain 2005

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About This Wine: This is our second vintage of estate Merlot. It is a beautiful color, with aromas of raspberry, euca...

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About This Wine: This is our second vintage of estate Merlot. It is a beautiful color, with aromas of raspberry, eucalyptus and cherry, followed by flavors of red fruit, tea and a little nutmeg, which comes from the rich oak. This is a beautifully balanced wine with firm tannins and a creamy cherry finish that ends cleanly. It is a great match for the steaks on the grill or the summertime fruit salad!<br/><br/> About The Winery: Dennis and Adele Johns grew up together as high school sweethearts in St. Helena, the heart of Napa Valley. As the winemaker at St. Clement Vineyards for twenty years, Dennis established his reputation as an innovative and highly respected winemaker.<br/><br/> In the search to begin their own vineyard and winery, Dennis and Adele discovered that the last 65 acres of White Cottage Ranch, a historic 5000 acre cattle ranch dating from the 1800's, was for sale.<br/><br/> The most outstanding factor of the property was that this land was on Howell Mountain, an area recognized for growing exceptional red wine varietals for over 100 years. Dennis and Adele's firm belief that fine wines are 'grown' and not just vinted, coupled with plans to produce high quality red wines, forged the 1989 purchase of White Cottage Ranch.<br/><br/> In 1990, five different variations of resistant rootstock were planted based on the soil profiles. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were budded in 1991. The first crop was in 1993. Subsequently, they have added Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Syrah.<br/><br/> A new winery was finished in the summer of 2005 and is now open by appointment to taste.<br/><br/> The family produces small amounts of artisan crafted wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and a Sangiovese-Zinfandel blend they call "Ezivese".<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>Rudy Zuidema</strong> has quickly worked his way up the ladder of a winemaking career. After graduating from U.C. Davis in 1991 with a degree in Plant Science and Agricultural Management, and a harvest with Wirra Wirra, Australia under his belt, he started as an entry-level cellar man at St. Clement Vineyards. There he found the ultimate mentor, then winemaker Dennis Johns. At that point, Rudy decided that he would be making wine for the rest of his life, and also discovered and began to develop a winemaking style that embraces a balanced fusion of concentrated fruits, rich aromatics and seamless textures.<br/><br/> After St. Clement, Rudy took his next steps in cellar management at Cuvaison Winery, and then moved on to an assistant winemaking position at Honig Winery, followed by a seven-year stint as head winemaker for Robert Craig Wine Cellars. Working with specialized varietals from each of these spectacular properties, and exploring the range of growing and winemaking techniques a single grape can inspire, Rudy finds his work a labor of love.<br/><br/> At White Cottage Ranch, Rudy also manages the estate organic and biodynamic-farming program.<br/><br/>

About This Wine: This is our second vintage of estate Merlot. It is a beautiful color, with aromas of raspberry, eucalyptus and cherry, followed by flavors of red fruit, tea and a little nutmeg, which comes from the rich oak. This is a beautifully balanced wine with firm tannins and a creamy cherry finish that ends cleanly. It is a great match for the steaks on the grill or the summertime fruit salad!<br/><br/> About The Winery: Dennis and Adele Johns grew up together as high school sweethearts in St. Helena, the heart of Napa Valley. As the winemaker at St. Clement Vineyards for twenty years, Dennis established his reputation as an innovative and highly respected winemaker.<br/><br/> In the search to begin their own vineyard and winery, Dennis and Adele discovered that the last 65 acres of White Cottage Ranch, a historic 5000 acre cattle ranch dating from the 1800's, was for sale.<br/><br/> The most outstanding factor of the property was that this land was on Howell Mountain, an area recognized for growing exceptional red wine varietals for over 100 years. Dennis and Adele's firm belief that fine wines are 'grown' and not just vinted, coupled with plans to produce high quality red wines, forged the 1989 purchase of White Cottage Ranch.<br/><br/> In 1990, five different variations of resistant rootstock were planted based on the soil profiles. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were budded in 1991. The first crop was in 1993. Subsequently, they have added Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Syrah.<br/><br/> A new winery was finished in the summer of 2005 and is now open by appointment to taste.<br/><br/> The family produces small amounts of artisan crafted wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and a Sangiovese-Zinfandel blend they call "Ezivese".<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>Rudy Zuidema</strong> has quickly worked his way up the ladder of a winemaking career. After graduating from U.C. Davis in 1991 with a degree in Plant Science and Agricultural Management, and a harvest with Wirra Wirra, Australia under his belt, he started as an entry-level cellar man at St. Clement Vineyards. There he found the ultimate mentor, then winemaker Dennis Johns. At that point, Rudy decided that he would be making wine for the rest of his life, and also discovered and began to develop a winemaking style that embraces a balanced fusion of concentrated fruits, rich aromatics and seamless textures.<br/><br/> After St. Clement, Rudy took his next steps in cellar management at Cuvaison Winery, and then moved on to an assistant winemaking position at Honig Winery, followed by a seven-year stint as head winemaker for Robert Craig Wine Cellars. Working with specialized varietals from each of these spectacular properties, and exploring the range of growing and winemaking techniques a single grape can inspire, Rudy finds his work a labor of love.<br/><br/> At White Cottage Ranch, Rudy also manages the estate organic and biodynamic-farming program.<br/><br/>

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