2015 - Mt George Merlot

Located east of Napa, our Mt George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep soils derived from volcanic shale and tufa yield Merlot fruit of power and structure.

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Vintage Notes The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to both average yields and the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, winemakers worked together with vineyard crews and employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure they picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 22 with the picking of grapes for sparkling wine, and concluding for most all vintners and growers in the valley by mid-October. While ongoing drought was of great concern to farmers around California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the year, bringing far fewer water concerns for Napa Valley’s vintners. Tasting Notes Aromas of ripe plum, black cherry, star anise and clove with a hint of toasty oak express itself as baked flakey pie crust. Full bodied with a broadly structured mid-palate, velvety texture, and concentrated cassis flavors leading to a long, dusty cocoa finish.
  • Varietal 100% Merlot
  • Appellation Coombsville
  • Vineyard 100% Mt George Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 4 - 5, 2015
    24.0° Brix
  • Skin Contact 13 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 16 months barrel age
    43% new oak
    New oak profile: 78% French, 23% Hungarian
    Overall oak profile: 92% French, 8% Hungarian
  • Analysis 14.6% Alcohol
    5.42 g/L TA
    3.40 pH
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