2014 Vera's Vineyard, Merlot
100% French oak [65% new]
The Merlot from this vineyard displays decadent aromas of red cherry, plum and licorice, framed by notes of savory rosemary and sweet baking spices. With a plush, profoundly rich palate of dark fruit, blueberry and black raspberry flavors extend through the long, opulent finish.
Southern Napa, like its neighbor, Carneros, is open to the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay, so grapes grown here ripen slowly, developing concentrated flavors. Vera’s Vineyard, named to honor Vera Trinchero-Torres, has a cool microclimate, chalky soil and is ideal for producing deep, complex Merlot.