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Michael Black Vineyard
Napa Valley

This Merlot has remarkable concentration, depth and purity of red and black berry fruit, interlaced with nuances of spice and vanilla from oak. Rich and sensuous on the palate, this well-balanced wine complements a wide assortment of full-flavored pastas, meat and cheese dishes. Serve at cellar temperature. Alcohol 13.6%.

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Harvest Date September 1 & 9

Growing Season Excellent growing season; Early bud break due to warm Spring temperatures led to a long maturation process. This long, warm Summer gave the fruit time to ripen gracefully and fully expressing the unique combination of old vines, roots translating terroir.


• Hand harvested grapes
• Grapes destemmed and placed uncrushed in an open-top stainless steel fermentor
• Fermented with punchdown cap management
• Three weeks total maceration
• Basket pressed
• 18-months in French oak barrels, 58% new, malolactic in barrels
• Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled August 1998