Merlot Napa Valley 2012
About This Wine
Color: Deep dark red with hints of garnet, ruby
On the nose: Explosion of dark fruit with touches of licorice, cassis lingering on pepper, thyme, chocolate, basil
On the palate: Fresh entrance evolving on red fruit, black fruit with touches of cherry, elderberry, lingering on silky granular tannins
Blend: 94% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 proved to be a vintage of extremes. This is not because of frost, heat, or rain, but mainly due to the high yield of fruit. The growing season was ideal with no frost, a mild spring, and a very temperate, long growing season. This allowed all varietals to ripen to their optimum condition with significant concentration and complexity. The biggest challenges were to find space to ferment and to manage the tannin structure of the very thick-skinned red vintage. This means that winemakers who simply apply recipes will have a challenging year as tannin levels were at twice the average level.