NAPA VALLEY MERLOT
Our Small Block Series Merlot is a beautiful expression of what this varietal has to offer.
Vintage 2019 began slightly later than normal in some areas, but nonetheless delivered superb results. Spring was marked by occasional rains, which brought welcome soil saturation, and cooler temperatures, which allowed fruit to mature at a steady pace. Summer helped the grapevines to ripen and catch up from their late start. The warm days and cool nights of the fall allowed gradual sugar accumulation and longer hang times, promising fruit of the highest quality with structural beauty from balanced tannin, sugar and acid levels. Harvest began slightly later than normal in some areas with fruit picked at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.
“Our Small Block Series Merlot is a beautiful expression of what this varietal has to offer. Inviting aromas of Amarena cherries, ripe strawberries and sweet cocoa awaken the senses. The wine is soft on entry with enticing red fruit, warm vanilla and baking spices. Wonderfully round tannins complete the long, pleasant finish.”
- Stephanie Pope, Winemaker
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
“Roasted duck, quail or pork loin alongside a dark berry compote complement the earthy notes in the wine perfectly. Creamy au gratin potatoes or roasted leeks with spring onion and green garlic make delicious additions to complete the meal.”
– Chad Hendrickson, Executive Chef