90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
90 Points, Gold Medal, EXCEPTIONAL - Tastings.com
Well-balanced and a silky tannin structure on this wine leaves plenty of room for many years of aging. Pair it with grilled flank steak, lamb burgers or veal chops. Highly recommended!
Vintage: The 2018 vintage was bountiful, marked by cool, consistent temperatures and a timely rainfall for bud break in March and April. Harvest began on September tenth, and the grapes were of the highest quality with lower alcohol and high acidity.
Vineyard: This Merlot is grown both in cooler American Canyon and Carneros vineyards and in their warmer Yountville vineyard. They blended Merlot from all three vineyards to create a balanced, robust wine that combines the richness and depth from the warmer climates and perfume and bright fruitiness from the cooler climates. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, farmed from five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and certified organic.
Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
Varietal: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley Estate
Harvest date: October 8-22, 2018
Sugar: 24.4 Brix (average)
Fermentation: Indigenous yeast
Skin Contact: 2 weeks in stainless steel
Total acid: 5.5g/L
Aging: 20 months
Type of oak: French oak barrels; 37% new, 63% neutral
Bottling date: July 2020
Release date: April 2021
Violet black in color with aromas of rich fruity dark berries, honeycomb, vanilla, and hints of forest floor join together with bold flavors of black cherry, and spiced nut. Balanced oak, layered palette, leaving you with a enjoyable persistent finish.
Big & Jammy!
Picked from old vines in Chiles Valley. Deep Blackberry, plum, smoky blueberry, roasted fig, dried dark flowers, cigar box, spice, black pepper, hints of vanilla, nicely integrated oak. WOW!
Rich & Juicy!
Gorgeous ruby color, with aromas of black cherry and plum, enhanced by violet and black licorice. There is juicy intense fruitiness on the smooth palette with roasted pepper and baking spice from French oak. The soft tannins are balanced with bright acidity and a long finish.
Rich & Tropical...
Notes of tropical and ripe stone fruits, with aromas of fig, golden apple and hints of butterscotch, integrated with the richer aromas of light caramel, truffle and toasted vanilla from the oak aging. The palate and texture is rich, full-bodied and creamy, while maintaining a balanced vibrancy and finish.