Lot 14 | 2003 Napa Valley
Deeply structured and rich with a long, harmonious finish.
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Richly fruited nose of cherries, raspberries, chocolate, and smoke. Intense, jammy mid-palate is perfectly balanced, with a juicy raspberry intensity and just a hint of tannin to firm up the wine. Deeply structured and rich with a long, harmonious finish. Drink now and decant an hour or two or hold 5 to 10 years. A couple more months in the bottle (it's now mid-July) and it will fully expand to the dynamite barrel sample we all loved. We liked it so much that we were determined to bottle this wine despite Merlot's recent downfall from consumers' good graces.
- Napa Valley
- Merlot 95%, Cabernet Franc 5%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
Another inspired blend by our winemaker, combining Merlots from the rich Napa Valley floor in Rutherford with the more structured, high-toned, and dark character from Pope Valley. There are similar blends selling between $20 to $30 a bottle from two big Napa producers. We were able to negotiate a great deal on this wine because of the reduced demand as consumers turn to more "in-vogue" varietals. Merlots are fickle in the bottle and take a little more time to come around. Once this wine gets a bit more age, it'll be one of the tastiest Merlots around. Your patience will be well rewarded.