This wine is a blend from four very special Merlot vineyards all located in the southern end of the Napa Valley, along with a kiss of our estate Petit Verdot. Because of the proximity to the San Pablo Bay, the southern portion of the Napa Valley tends to be cooler, which is favorable to Merlot. The temperate summer weather in 2012 offered lengthy hang-time for the grapes, which resulted in soft, balanced wine with exceptional depth of flavor.
The nose pops with violets, wild berries, and lightly toasted nuts. This leads to a palate of rich, alluring red fruit and velvety tannins. The wine is fruit forward with intense and lush raspberry, cherry and plum flavors. On the finish the fruit is framed by oak flavors of vanilla, roasted nuts and dark chocolate. The wine is wonderfully balanced with fruit, acidity, and oak all contributing to a classy and delicious wine. Pair with thick pork chops or delicate mushroom-based dishes.
98% Merlot: Darms Lane Vineyard, Yountville
2% Petit Verdot: Arger vineyard, Atlas Peak
Harvest date: October 8–23, 2012
Bottling date: August 1, 2014
Cases produced: 5,701
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.7 g/L
Winemaker: Bradley Smith
91 Points & Gold Medal – 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal – 2015 Denver International Wine Competition