2008 Napa Valley Merlot
A Cab-lovers Merlot. Big and chewy. An incredible deal.
Reddish-purple center and matching rim. Expect an alluring nose of plum, mineral, leather, and spice notes. This wine is seamless in the mouth, leading to a rich and elegant mid-palate. Super-fine-grained tannins form a superior structure propping up some marvelous fruit. This wine, as with many of these Merlots, is drinking beautifully in its infancy.
Style: Full, Bold
Along with a few other wines, Lot 210 is part of a project that presented itself recently. Havens Winery, located just south of Yountville, was a short, quiet drive off Highway 29, Napa Valley’s main winery tour route. Havens had earned distinction for its Merlot, Syrah, and other red blends before being sold off due to the demise of distributor Billington Imports. We subsequently purchased all of their 2007 vintage Merlot as well as a few others that you may see in the near future. This is one of the Merlots that Havens was particularly proud of, with great tonnage and marvelous terroir. This wine boasts Francois Freres barrels and two of the top vineyards of Havens, so this is another top-notch Merlot.