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2002

Merlot

Michael Black Vineyard
Napa Valley

This full-bodied “cab-lover’s merlot” has lots of lavender and perfume on the nose, and a gorgeous, mouth-filling palate of black cherry, baker’s cocoa and smoky tobacco with a long finish of cedar and Christmas spice. Alcohol 14.8%

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93 points Wine Advocate

“The 2002 Merlot Michael Black Vineyard has a saturated bluish/black color and a big, sweet nose of espresso roast, blackberries, cherries, and smoke. It is long, opulent, with amazing concentration, a huge mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish. All of this is presented in a seamless, supple texture that offers current drinking, but promises to evolve for at least 10-12 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

89 points International Wine Cellar

“Good full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of plum, tar, licorice, herbs and light weediness. Offers good mid-palate sweetness, with subtle notes of smoke, herbs, meat and menthol. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins.”
Stephen Tanzer

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Harvest Date September 27 & October 11

Growing Season Following veraison, conditions were ideal throughout a long growing season. Warm days and cool nights produced a balanced crop with lighter than average yields, allowing for maximum development of flavors, complexity and color in the grapes. Marked by massive tannins and balanced acidity, this vintage will likely produce some of the best wines of the decade.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 23 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in oak barrels (90% French, 10% American); 60% new
• Unblended, Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2004