The fruit for this Merlot comes from the Darms Lane Vineyard, which is situated on a steep South-West facing slope in the Yountville appellation of Napa Valley. This is a highly prized vineyard and we are privileged to receive a few tons from it. In order to give the wine added structure, we blended in a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Arger Vineyard on Atlas Peak. The wine was aged for 22 months in oak barrels. 50% of the oak was new fine grain French oak. The result is a Merlot with depth and richness.
There are aromas of dried fruit, berries, violets and toasted oak. The palate is rich and soft with deep red fruit flavors of plum, black, cherry, and boysenberry with a hint of black olive. Dense, round fruitiness carries on in the finish with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts.
88% Merlot: Darms Lane Vineyard, Yountville
12% Cabernet Sauvignon: Arger vineyard, Atlas Peak
Harvest date: October 24, 2011
Bottling date: August 8, 2013
Cases produced: 224
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.71 g/L
Residual sugar: 0.7 g/L
Winemaker: Bradley Smith