Reserve Selection

Napa Valley Reserve Merlot

Napa Valley Reserve Merlot bottle

The grapes for the Napa Valley Merlot were sourced from our vineyards in Rutherford as well as select growers in St. Helena and across Napa. Our estate vineyards are located on gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, necessary for growing excellent quality Merlot. The vineyards are diligently monitored throughout the growing season to balance the crop size and quality. Shoot thinning and leaf removal early in the growing season followed by cluster thinning at veraison, helps to achieve evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavors.

Silver Medal
November 17, 2017 | Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition
  • Winemaking

    Our Reserve Selection Napa Valley Merlot was hand sorted and spent an average of 15 days on the skins before being aged for 18 months in 20% new French oak, with the remainder in once and twice-used French oak. Tightly grained barrels yield their oak characteristics in a more deliberate fashion for a consistent, well-rounded aging process. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon was blended to provide structure and complexity.

  • Nose

    A nice swirl of the glass reveals aromas of sandalwood, currant and plum.

  • Palate

    Enticing flavors of blueberry, blackberry and violet. Juicy and robust, our Reserve Selection Merlot displays nice structure, firm tannins and a lengthy finish worthy of the designation of Reserve Selection.

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