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									                      2006 MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY

Winemaking
Our Merlot is blended from lots selected for their complexity of flavors and round tannins.
The wine is handpicked and carefully sorted before undergoing extended maceration. We
blend in a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to provide
additional aromatics and structure.

Vintage
The 2006 vintage has been described as a “growers” year by some vintners. After a late
bud break due to an unseasonably cool spring, the Napa Valley experienced a record
setting heat wave in July which allowed the grapes to catch up in ripening. An ideal mild
weather pattern came in August and an “Indian Summer” followed into October allowing
for slow and even ripening resulting in acids and sugars in perfect harmony.

Tasting Notes
This Merlot displays notes of black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and
bramble. On the palate, the wine has a fruit forward entry with round chewy tannins. The
finish is complex and lingering. The wine will reward those with the patience to cellar it.
Our favorite food pairings include cassoulet and sharp cheeses.

BLEND:                            87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet
                                  Franc and 2% Petit Verdot
WINEMAKING:                          Extended maceration on the skins
                                  ▼   Aged 15 months in French oak (25% new)
                                  ▼   Bottled unfiltered

ALCOHOL:                          14.8% by volume
RELEASE DATE:                     May 2009

								
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