Carneros is a special, if not magical, place for Merlot. A place where the grapes can hang deep into October, developing additional layers of ripeness without losing the freshness or acidity. Taste a bit of Carneros history from this duly famous vineyard.
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We picked our 1.25 acres on the 30th of September and proceeded with what we know best, gentle Pinot noir treatment (de-stemming without crushing and open-top fermentation) to coax out the expression of this unique site of beautiful red clay. After fermentation we aged the eight barrels for 20 months prior to unfiltered bottling. Cooperage selection included Rousseau for spice, and Francois-Frères for sweetness.
Exotic dark fruits predominate on the nose with blackberry pie and boysenberry jam along with crushed rock and tobacco leaf. The palate features beautiful fruit sweetness, with notes of saddle leather, cassis, clove and vanilla bean.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
The first obligation of wine is to be delicious.Eileen Crane, CEO/Founding Winemaker