Sourced solely from its namesake, block number 20, located within our estate vineyard, this singular stretch of land sits in the middle of the property where heat exposure is moderate and soil conditions are rich.
Brimming with pronounced flavors of cherry, black currant, black plum, cherry blossom and espresso, this expressive Merlot showcases they variety’s ability to shine in Napa Valley. The dense fruit flavors are balanced with earthier spice notes and a hint of pepper. Velvety tannins and an opulent texture add depth and nuance comparable to a fine Cabernet.
This 2013 vintage marks the fifth release of our Block 20 Estate Grown Merlot, which is sourced solely from its namesake, block number 20, located within our estate vineyard. This singular stretch of land sits in the middle of the property where heat exposure is moderate and soil conditions are rich. The resulting crop is very low and perfectly balanced, making this unique production a small lot of wine that offers remarkable depth and concentration.
The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for an early and condensed harvest, and was ideal for producing wines with fresh fruit flavors.
In order to demonstrate the authentic fruit expression of this unique Merlot block, Winemaker Christophe Paubert utilizes traditional winemaking techniques with a minimal intervention approach. The grapes from this singular lot are handpicked and undergo a three week maceration period, designed to extract flavor, color and tannin from the skins. This Merlot is aged in 100% French oak barrels, with a mix of 50% new and neutral, for 18 months.
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot