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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 […]


NVWR® 17 – Bordeaux Blends

by David on July 4, 2006

Why is it so common to blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red Bordeaux varieties together? Sit back, relax, and listen while Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, tells you a little about each of the “big five” Bordeaux varieties and the role they play in the total blend. Text: How we make our […]


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 […]


2002 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on November 9, 2004

This full, complex wine blossoms in ripe berry, plum, and cherry on the nose, and boasts a beautiful array of soft spicy oak, bold berry and jammy strawberry flavors, with a hint of clove and a generous mouth-feel. Lingering flavors of oak and berry, highlighted by medium tannins, finish the palate on an elegant frame. […]