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Michael Black Vineyard
Napa Valley

This wine is a profoundly saturated blue/black with aromas of violets and blackberries exuding from the glass. On the palate it reveals richness wrapped with black cherry, vanilla and dark chocolate. Traces of earth and cedar complete this intriguing “cabernet lover’s merlot” with firm yet silky tannins and a heady finish. This is a massive yet supple and stylish wine to enjoy for years to come. Alcohol 14.7%

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93 points Wine Advocate

“The final vintage for the single vineyard Merlot Michael Black Vineyard, the 2003 boasts a dense purple color in addition to a sweet perfume of espresso, white chocolate, black cherries, and figs. With tremendous opulence, density, and a long, lush finish, it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next decade.”
Robert Parker Jr.

89 points International Wine Cellar

“Good deep ruby-red. Pungent aromas of plum liqueur, black raspberry and milk chocolate. Sweet, plump and full, with moderate complexity. Finishes with substantial broad, tongue-dusting tannins and a hint of stony soil. This is the last vintage for this bottling; beginning with 2005 Hobbs will offer a syrah from a vineyard in the eastern hills behind Santa Rosa.”
Stephen Tanzer

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Harvest Date October 2

Growing Season The growing season was comprised of cool spring weather followed by moderate temperatures throughout summer. Consistent work in the vineyard was required to maximize sun exposure and encourage full flavor development in the fruit. Much needed hot weather in mid-September secured an excellent harvest (crop).


• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in 5-ton closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 22 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 4 months to completion
• Aged 21 months in oak barrels (85% French, 15% American); 77% new
• Varietal composition: 100% merlot
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled July 2005