Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, this elegant Merlot is delightfully dense and quite bountiful. Almost black in color with garnet outlined in purple, it teases the palate with glimpses of complexity that will develop considerably over time. Soft and fine tannins make this wine beautiful to drink now, but its complexity will allow it to age for years to come.
Vineyard: Pettigrew Vineyard
Appellation: Coombsville, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Merlot
Harvest Date: September 2016
Aging: 6 Months, French Oak
Production: 114 Cases
Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine (Oct. 2018)
Moderately intense aromas of dark cherries and berries set the stage nicely for what follows here, and while the wine is still somewhat constrained by its extreme youth, it shows a good deal of depth and keen Merlot focus from front to finish. Mush is made about Merlot’s ability to be friendly and easy to drink almost as soon as it is bottled, and, if there are versions are just that, this one is not. It may not be overly tough or tannic, but its structured solidity commends at least a few years of waiting with richer, more open, fairly complex wine as the guaranteed reward.