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2008 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on June 27, 2011

Our Estate vineyard, with its well-drained, rocky soil, abundance of sunshine, and breezy afternoons, is the perfect place to grow Merlot grapes. Merlot produces a soft, fruity, and fairly rich wine, making it instantly popular and one of the most commonly planted wine grapes. Winemaker Notes Overall, the season was a cool one, allowing for […]

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Merlot and Cornish Hens with Merlot Glaze

by David on October 1, 2010

These little hens are big on flavor – why hold back when it comes to rosemary, garlic and thyme? But, easy on the cook! Just tuck in the herbs, baste the hens with a bit of raspberry-Merlot  glaze and into the oven they go! They’re absolutely delcious with our velvety, fruit-driven Napa Valley Merlot. Bon […]

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2007 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on May 20, 2010

This is no Cabernet wannabe. With its red fruit, velvety tannins and earthy, slightly herbal note it’s unmistakably Merlot.       This is 100% Merlot, but you can still call it a blend because it brings together rich, ripe flavors from our Yountville Estate and the leaner, earthier character of Carneros-grown fruit. It all […]

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2006 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on September 25, 2009

Deep, luscious flavors of black cherry, cranberry, cocoa and vanilla with hints of nutmeg, white blossom and toasty oak. Pairings: Grilled steak or lamb, roast duck, pork, and slow-cooked dishes. LISTEN (MP3) Download Winemaker Notes

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Merlot

by David on June 23, 2009

Our friend Merlot has taken a beating recently, because of the movie Sideways, but you might be surprised to know that it’s the most widely planted variety in Bordeaux. When we think of Bordeaux, most of us think of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s a major player, but Merlot trumps it in volume for a couple […]

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Just Released: 2006 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on April 13, 2009

Better stop by the tasting room! We’ve just released our 2006 Merlot and it’s sure to put a smile on your face. About 1/2 the grapes were grown on our estate right here at the winery. This mid-valley location allows for plenty of ripeness and full, opulent flavors. The rest of the fruit came from […]

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2005 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on August 27, 2008

Full, rich flavors with a silky texture, this wine is generous with black cherry, lush boysenberry, toasty oak and a hint of herbs. Pairings: Roast lamb, duck or pork, grilled steak, slow-cooked dishes. LISTEN (MP3) Download Winemaker Notes

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Merlot

by David on June 24, 2007

So fruity, so supple, so elegant when it’s at its best. Our poor friend Merlot has taken a beating recently because of the movie Sideways, but you might be surprised to know that it’s the most widely planted variety in Bordeaux. And Chateau Petrus, the most expensive wine of the Bordeaux region is, you guessed […]

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2004 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on February 4, 2007

“It’s funny how 2004 was the polar opposite of 2003, and yet the quality and consistency of the terroir really comes through in both vintages…” comments Winemaker Geoff Gorsuch. While the 2003 vintage was late to ripen, 2004 got off to a jack-rabbit start with a false summer in March and never let up, ending […]

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2003 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on April 11, 2006

As always our Merlot is fruit forward and lush on the palate. The vineyard is a little south of the winery on the east side of the valley where the afternoon sun brings out aromas of ripe cherry and raspberry. Elegant and richly textured with flavors of juicy blackberry, vanilla and clove, the wine finishes […]

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