2012 Napa Valley (Red Hen Ranch) Meritage
A Napa Valley single-vineyard beauty.
Lot 406 is sultry with a brooding demeanor of spice, plum, graphite, and crushed flower notes. Lush texture is lavishly endowed with blue black fruits framed by creamy oak. Voluptuous.
Style: Medium, Smooth
Flavors: Graphite, Oak, Plum
Oak Knoll is one of Napa’s best places to grow Merlot – it sits atop the valley’s largest alluvial fan formed by Dry Creek (different from the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma), and is basically 10-20 feet of cobblestones covered by a bit of loamy soil, with late afternoon breezes keeping temperatures slightly cooler than the upper valley. The resulting Merlot berries are small and concentrated, with the resulting wines displaying a Cabernet-like structure. Fruit from Red Hen Ranch goes into some very high end Napa Merlot, Cabernet, and Meritage programs ($75+).