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2001

Merlot

Michael Black Vineyard
Napa Valley

Deep red/black color. Aromas of blueberry, cinnamon, and cedar. Big Concentrated flavors on the palate reveal richness of cherry fruit flavors, made more intriguing with a trace of spice and earth. Full–bodied, this is an elegant wine that is enjoyable now and will be for years to come. Alcohol 14.7%.

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93+ points Wine Advocate

“The Michael Black Vineyard is a cool site in the southern Coombsville area of Napa Valley. The 2001 Merlot Michael Black Vineyard (aged completely in Taransaud barrels) exhibits a dense purple color in addition to a big, thick, chocolately, espresso roast, and sweet fruit-scented bouquet. This serious, big, full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic Merlot should drink well for 10-12 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

90 points Wine Spectator

“Rich and complex, with a tasty blend of ripe currant, blackberry, sage and cedary oak, it picks up hints of tar and smoke, and finishes with a long, intricate aftertaste supported by firm tannins and some heat. Best from 2005-2012”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 28

Growing Season Warm days and cool nights during the growing season resulted in a crop with excellent color, fully developed flavors and great acidity. Diligent work in the vineyard to limit a large crop set helped optimize richness in the grapes. Cool weather during harvest provided enhanced flavor development.

Winemaking

• Hand harvested grapes
• Fermented in an open-top stainless steel fermentors
• 5-day cold maceration, 21 days total maceration
• Fermentation with indigenous yeast
• 18-months in French oak barrels, 61% new
• bottled June 2003: unfined and unfiltered;