91 Points - Wine Spectator
91 Points - James Suckling
90 Points - Wine Advocate
Long and elegant with exceptional mouthfeel.
Enjoy now and through 2035.
Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, the grapes were carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation. The grapes were cold soaked in tank at 45°F for 4-7 days, allowing for increased color, aroma and flavor extraction. After inoculation with a select yeast, the grape must (juice, skins and seeds) fermented at 82°F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins. For fermentation cap management, the juice was pumped over the skins two times each day, wetting the cap evenly for a nice healthy fermentation. After fermentation and pressing, the wine was aged in 35% new French oak and 65% neutral oak for 20 months before bottling. The blend is 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot.
2019 was a long, ideal growing season for our Napa Valley Merlot grapes. Bud break occurred from late March through April, and this long growing period gave way to a healthy set of uniform grape clusters. Summer was quite warm and long, followed by a cooling effect near the end of the season and into Fall. Throughout the growing season, there were no heat spikes and temperatures remained steady. This consistent summer weather encouraged Merlot grapes to fully ripen from mid-September to late October when the grapes were in perfect balance. The fruit was harvested from vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford and the Oak Knoll District appellations.
Winemaker: Jason Moulton
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Deep garnet-purple in color, with notes of crushed blueberries, ripe, fresh blackberries and warm cassis plus hints of cherries, black olives, currants and a touch of black pepper. The full-bodied palate is chock full of crunchy black fruits, framed by ripe chewy tannins.
Aromas of fresh peach, Asian pear, citrus, and honeycomb to delight your senses. The flavors are just as complex with hints of Madagascar vanilla followed by fresh lemon, green apple, wildflower honey, stone fruit, and a touch of lavender. The rich, dense texture is balanced by its juicy acidity, leading to great minerality and a long, satisfying finish.
94 Points, Editors' Choice
Bold and berrylike, full-bodied and saturated with jammy blackberry and raspberry that coat the palate and give a luscious ripeness that keeps on giving. Notes of stewed plums, Morello cherries and raspberry pie and spice, wild thyme and hoisin. The palate is laden with red and black berry layers, supported by chewy tannins.