Merryvale Winery

     Thursday May 19, 2005

Reservations Closed
Course Pairing / Description Wine

Spring 2004 started very early with mild weather in March. The growing season was of average length but the early start lead to an early harvest. The relatively small crop of Sauvignon Blanc was fully ripe and concentrated in flavor with proper levels of acidity essential to the wine's structure and balance. The Semillon adds some richness to the potentially austere Sauvignon structure.
Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc '03

This Chardonnay was grown in Dutton Ranch's Searby Vineyard near occidental in the cool, foggy Russian River Valley. Tropical fruit notes combine with flavors reminiscent of baked apple resulting from barrel fermentation by native yeast in French oak. The wine stayed in barrels on light lees until it was racked and bottled unfiltered.
Merryvale Dutton Ranch Chardonnay '03

This lot is part of Merryvale's third bottling of Pinot Noir from Carneros. Block A1 in the Stanly Ranch Vineyard is an old planting near the banks of the Napa River, buffeted by cool wind and fog from several directions.
Merryvale Carneros Pinot Noir '02

The 2002 vintage produced dark, concentrated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend includes Merlot to round out the tannins, Cabernet Franc for additional aromatic complexity and Petit Verdot for dark fruit flavor. The wine was carefully racked and bottled unfiltered. Smooth and harmonious in its youth, it will reward a few years of cellaring with nuances of aroma that only time in the bottle provides.
Merryvale Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon '01

Merryvale Beckstoffer Clone Six Cabernet Sauvignon '01 6 Pack

Antigua Dessert Wine 500ml 6 Pack

Profile is a blend of our finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, chosen for their concentration, depth of flavor and fine tannin structure. This wine was aging in mostly new French oak chateau ferre barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is opulently structured and very dark.
Merryvale Profile '01 6 Pack