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Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor

Our Carneros Merlot captures the distinctive, vibrant berry, rose and spice expression of the grapes grown in our vineyards in the Los Carneros American Viticultural Area. The enticing aromas and silky flavors are filled with bright raspberry and wild cherry character. Subtle nuances of sun-warmed red rose, spice and mocha and a hint of sweet smoke from oak barrels add complexity. Fine, integrated tannins softly structure the wine and carry the impression of crushed ripe berries through the lingering finish. Our Merlot makes an especially delicious pairing with lamb shish kebabs; steak; roast duck or turkey; grilled mushrooms and mellow, aged cheeses.

Vineyard Note

We sourced the grapes entirely from the Los Carneros AVA, focusing on BV Ranch No. 9. This vineyard is located in a warmer area of this cool, windy region at the southernmost tip of Napa Valley. The site is perfect for Merlot, providing adequate sun exposure for full ripening, yet plenty of cool marine fog for maintaining vibrant acidity. The shallow clay loam soils (Haire and Diablo series) and cool Pacific Ocean air ripen Merlot grapes slowly, allowing for full development of varietal expression and supple, smooth tannins.