1999 Vintner Select Merlot

1999 Vintner Select Merlot

Each year as the individual cuvees from our many vineyard blocks evolve, we begin to evaluate their character and intensity, imagining many possible marriages between them. Inevitably, one or two lots stand out, and present particularly inspiring characteristics. In 1999, we selected our favorite Merlot and Cabernet cuvées from the Mountain Top Vineyard blocks to produce this once in a lifetime combination.

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Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 1999
Harvest: October 1999
Fermentation: Alcholic & Malolactic in Stainless Steel Tanks
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling: July 2001
Production: 150 cases
Release Date: December 2001
Release Price:


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  • The Wine Advocate: August 31, 2002, Issue 142 - Rating: 94+

    A new offering, the 1999 Merlot Vintner's Select Mountaintop Vineyard, is a selection of Jim Pride and Bob Foley's favorite Merlot lots. Approximately 20% Cabernet Sauvignon has been added to the blend. This is a "Balls to the wall" sort of wine…opaque purple-colored, with notes of melted fudge intermixed with dense black cherry, tightly wound, but oh, so concentrated flavors. The depth, sweetness of fruit, and richness of the tannin are incredible given the fact that this wine emerged from such a cool year. One of the finest California Merlots I have tasted, it will drink well for 12 - 15 years.