"Exuberant" is the word that springs to mind when the cork on this wine is pulled. Swirling aromas of plum, raspberry, strawberry, sandalwood and cocoa powder immediately make their mark, followed by a palate bursting with fruit, and a full, round texture that balances density against liveliness through just the right amount of acidity.  The finish is ripe and rich, with a lingering sensation of pleasing silky tannins.  After a few cooler vintages that made delicious but more subdued Merlots, the 2012 is a return to a more expansive mouth-filling style that typifies warm, even growing seasons on our mountaintop.

 

Appellation: Napa
Sonoma
Vintage: 2012
Harvest: October 2012
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 92% Merlot
8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: April 2014
Production: 5350 cases
Release Date: August 2014
Price: $60.00