2008 Napa Valley Meritage
Gold Medal: 2011 Critics Challenge. Gold Medal, Best of Class - 94 Points: LA International Wine & Spirits Competition
Deep crushed velvet-purple, bold nose of blackberries, plums, subtle spice, and toasty oak. On the palate, this wine is rich with a chewy fruit mouthfeel. Beautifully extracted fruit stands similar to the aromatic profile. With great structure, acid, and mouthfeel, this wine shows great winemaking practice, resulting in a great wine.
Style: Full, Bold
This wine is barrels from the Havens acquisition but with tremendous liberties taken. As we looked at the barrels of merlot we really saw two different directions, one in which we preserved the integrity of the original Haven’s merlot program and another creative direction, Lot 213, whereupon we used the Merlot as a backbone and built around it. This blend of Merlot and Petit Verdot offers a raucous nose of blackberries, plums, subtle spice, and toasty oak. The palate is rich and chewy with wonderfully extracted fruit. I think this is a really neat take with a bit more new world effect to it.