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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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Pairing Wine and Chocolate

by David on January 25, 2010

Scroll down for a 3-course, all-chocolate menu for Valentine’s Day! In 1528, when Hernando Cortez first brought chocolate to Spain from the Aztec Empire, it was considered the ultimate gift to bestow upon a loved one. Its rarity and seductive powers made it an unequivocal declaration of passion and devotion. The Aztecs believed chocolate to […]

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NVWR® 97 – Merlove

by David on January 12, 2010

In this episode, producer Rudy McClane tells us about his documentary film about Merlot, called Merlove. He reminds us of all the reasons this classic variety has been treasured over the centuries. Get yourself a glass of Goosecross Merlot and enjoy his enthusiastic tales of the many winegrowers he met and the wines he tasted. […]

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2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

by David on September 25, 2009

Lush fruit-forward flavors from our Yountville Estate. Rich with black cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate, and eucalyptus interwoven with toasty oak and spice. Pairings: Grilled steak or lamb, slow-cooked dishes, aged cheeses. LISTEN (MP3) Download Winemaker Notes

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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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How We Make Our Estate Meritage

by David on June 20, 2009

In 2002, we had to re-plant our home vineyard here at the winery because the Chardonnay we planted in 1978 was diseased. The phrase “crisis as opportunity” comes to mind. After almost 25 years, we had a chance to take a fresh look at our property and re-evaluate what belongs here. It’s a process! We […]

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New Recipe: Coq au Vin!

by David on November 20, 2008

Mmmm… with smoked applewood bacon, mushrooms, shallots, fresh herbs, lots of wine…  Just thinking about the Coq au Vin makes me ravenous! Yes, it’s comfort-food time as the days get shorter and shorter and the nights colder and colder. And, Colleen has come up with her own special take on a classic –  the perfect […]

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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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