Varietal Content: 94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon; Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 75% New, 25% Neutral
Once again, Rector Creek yielded a complex and alluring Merlot with head-turning aromas of plum, red currant, violet, cherry and fennel seed. On the palate, it is soft and supple, with silky tannins framing flavors of jammy red fruit, sweet vanilla cream and licorice. Lovely acidity adds a beautiful brightness to the long, satisfying chocolate and spice finish
Here in Napa Valley, the 2014 growing season delivered our third exceptional vintage in a row, yielding wines with ideal concentration, elegant tannins and lovely varietal flavors. Though the 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record, heavy rains in February and March provided the vines much-needed moisture at just the right time. A warm spring triggered an early budbreak, and perfect weather throughout the summer allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness with pure, focused flavors and resolved tannins. Harvest began on August 5th and ended on October 15th, and though it was quite compact, we were able to pick all of our grapes based solely on flavor, resulting in another fantastic vintage.