In 2002 fruit was harvested very ripe on September 19th & 20th. Three of Merryvale’s seven 2002 merlot lots from the Las Amigas vineyard were included in this blend. All the lots had similar characteristics of dark color, concentration, suppleness and balance.
||18 months French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (95% new)
||July 9,13,14 2004
This was the fifth year of a vineyard-designated Merryvale bottling from the Beckstoffer family’s Las Amigas Merlot vineyard in Carneros. This modern planting of clones 181 and 314 is on a vertical, shoot-positioned trellis and is producing outstanding quality.
30 days on the skins. Native yeast fermentation with gentle pump-overs. Bottled unfiltered.