Dense fruit embodies our 2012 Merlot. Raspberry and cherry aromas give the wine a sense of brightness, but complex notes of cocoa and spice let you know that this wine is not to be trifled with. Big and juicy, there is no lack of fruit with this beauty while a hint of sweet vanilla adds a sense of pleasure. Well integrated, the acidity will provide length and focus to this powerhouse of a merlot. Lay this one down for 10 years or more, as you will be able to enjoy this jewel for years to come!
This vintage will be remembered as one of the best ever for Napa Valley, and recalled the classic vintages that built Napa’s world class reputation. Summer and fall brought warm temperatures, but no heat waves, and a return to the classic Valley diurnal cycle. The results were moderate alcohol and crisp acidity with deep, rich color saturation and intense tannins, inviting comparisons with 2001, 2002 and 2007, but at record crop levels.