A sumptuous nose of bright plum, cherry, rose petal, mulberry and walnut introduces an enticing wine that sets the taste buds firing. The palate is layered and lush, expressing undulating waves of red fruit woven together by a rich mid-palate and vibrant acidity. 7% Cabernet Sauvignon from our volcanic Rim Rock block and our rocky Quartz Hill block were blended in to add depth and structure to the wine. While we often describe our Merlot as a "Cab lover's Merlot," the 2011 demonstrates what makes Merlot so lovely and special as a varietal wine – concentration, smooth but full texture, finesse and that elusive X factor that we think of as "lusciousness." Enjoy!

Appellation: Napa
Vintage: 2011
Harvest: October 2011
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 93% Merlot
7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: April 2013
Production: 4982 cases
Release Date: August 2013
Price: $60.00


  • Wine Enthusiast: March 2015
    Rating: 93

    Leathery on the tongue, this lovely Merlot, with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon blended in, offers inviting notes of plum and cherry, completely juicy, around firm, strong tannins and balances acidity. From two separate, rocky blocks on the winery property, this wine is concentrated and smooth. Enjoy through 2021-2025. Cellar Selection.- V.B.