Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

The 2014 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for an early and condensed harvest, and was ideal for producing wines with fresh fruit flavors.

Wine Advocate - 90 Points

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Merlot Block 20 Estate has a wonderfully spicy nose of cloves, cinnamon stick and nutmeg with a core of blackberries and black cherries plus hints of pencil shavings and black loam. Medium bodied, it has a fine frame of chewy tannins and just enough muscular fruit, finishing with a lively herbal lift. 490 cases were made." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Winemakers Note

Brimming with pronounced flavors of cherry, black currant, black plum, cherry blossom and espresso, this expressive Merlot showcases they variety’s ability to shine in Napa Valley.

Vineyard Note

This 2014 vintage marks the sixth release of our Block 20 Estate Grown Merlot, which is sourced solely from its namesake, block number 20, located within our estate vineyard. This singular stretch of land sits in the middle of the property where heat exposure is moderate and soil conditions are rich. The resulting crop is very low and perfectly balanced, making this unique production a small lot of wine that offers remarkable depth and concentration.