The Merlot from 2008 was packed with such expressive varietal character that little blending was required. The final blend is composed of our 12 Merlot blocks polished with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon from our Rock Arch and Rim Rock blocks. Blue-black color tinged with garnet is the first indication that the 2008 vintage is something special. Black and red cherries, plum preserves and currant mingle with spice notes including sweet anise.  The texture on the palate is supple and viscous, with elegant tannins that are not overbearing.

Appellation: Napa
Sonoma
Vintage: 2008
Harvest: October 2008
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 93% Merlot
7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling: March 2010
Production: 5052 cases
Release Date: August 2010
Price: $56.00
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Reviews

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2011 Issue 156
    Rating: 90

    Ruby-red. High-toned aromas of plum, redcurrant and cedar lifted by a floral top note. Spicy and firmly built but also with a rather voluptuous mid-palate texture and lovely sweetness to its plum and licorice flavors. Finishes with firm tannins and very good length. I like the note of spicy cabernet on the back end.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 23, 2010 Issue 192
    Rating: 90

    The 2008 Merlot (72% Sonoma fruit and 28% Napa) reveals abundant aromas of black cherry and mocha-infused fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, roasted herbs and coffee. It is a sexy, full-throttle, heady Merlot to drink over the next 7-8 years.