2005 Beau Terre Merlot 1.5L
Skill and experience were necessary to pull the most out of the vineyard in 2005. Late rains, cool temperature with fog, and no late season heat combined to make this a somewhat challenging year. After several passes thinning out the less ripe clusters, Beau Terre ripened up nicely, with final Brix in the mid 26s. Color held well, and the lovely berry notes came out early and just needed to be preserved with gentle treatment and careful blending, backed up with judicious toasty oak. We added more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, to stiffen up the spine. The nose shows classic toasty vanilla caramel wood and boysenberry fruit. The palate opens with rich raspberry and chocolate flavors linked closely to integrated tannins. The wine finishes with highlights of dried cherry and smooth tannin.
Vintage: 2005 | Variety: Merlot | Appellation: Napa Valley | Alcohol %: 14.6