Merryvale Merlot Napa Valley, 2008
Robert Parker awarded this wine 90 Points and it received a Gold Metal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
Our 2008 Napa Valley Merlot shows aromas red and blackberry jams with pronounced earth and chocolate notes. This is a bigger style Merlot with great structure that will hold up to grilled red meats and other savory pairings. Decant in its youth and enjoy over the next 10 years.
The 2008 vintage was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The growing season started with a historic frost that resulted in some mild crop loss in the cooler areas, particularly with Chardonnay. Record high temperatures in May were abruptly followed by dry winds and then a cool rainy patch. With the lighter crop and warm, dry remainder of the growing season, ripening progressed ideally through harvest. The result is a slightly smaller crop in 2008 with above average to excellent quality.
Handpicked, Triple Sorted; Extended maceration; Aged 20 months in French oak (60% new); Minimal handling; only racked twice; Unfined and unfiltered