Our Merlot is handcrafted from grapes grown in our vineyard in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. Deep and dark ruby/plum in color, the 2008 Merlot is big, dark and intense with mouth filling fruit of blackberry, black cherry and cassis. Aromatics of sweet cherry liquor, caramel, toffee, coffee, and forest floor that lead to a profile of cedar, earth, black cherry and crme de cassis that is both exotic and elegant. The abundant fine grained tannins and youthful acids provide ample structure to this wine. This Merlot was aged in American oak barrels rather than the traditional French oak barrels.