Winemaker's Tasting Note
Generous, bright red currant, black cherry and dark plum character—laced with Earl Gray tea, spice and dark chocolate nuances—fill the aromas of our 2012 Barrel Select Merlot. The sumptuous red and black-fruit flavors expand across the palate in layers of textured velvet. Hints of vanilla and baking spice from aging in French oak barrels add even more complexity to the long, rich finish. With its softer structure and enticing fruitiness, this Merlot makes a versatile companion to both red and white meats.
The relaxed, high-quality 2012 harvest was a winemaker’s dream. The ideal growing season—well-timed rains, no frost during budbreak, and perfect weather for bloom, berry-set and ripening—was textbook Napa Valley. Long stretches of sunny days coupled with foggy nights gave our 2012 wines exceptionally rich, expressive flavors and impeccable balance. We had no weather pressures from either pending rains or excessive heat to rush the harvest. Instead we had the luxury of waiting until the grapes reached absolutely perfect maturity.