The Merlot is an occasion to showcase some of the best cool climate terroirs of Napa Valley. The fruit is drawn from the volcanic soils of Coombsville and Carneros in southern Napa where Merlot is at its best—soft, dark, spicy and fragrant. The wine opens with notes of mocha and spice typical of Merlot; the fragrance is very true to the varietal with aromas of blackberries, smoke and flowers. Initially the mouthfeel is very ample with soft texture, followed by a fresh mid palate and then ending on very soft and gentle tannins. Look for flavors of sage, black currant, pepper, anise and strawberries. This wine is very approachable thanks to a beautiful acidity and the very soft tannins. This is a Merlot for those who seek complexity and fragrance. Enjoy this wine at release and for the next 10 years.