Our 2012 Soda Canyon Ranch Merlot from the Napa Valley combines the refinement of old world winemaking with the expressiveness and generosity of California fruit. This textural wine has a garnet color and a nose of blackberry, licorice, graphite, tar, dark chocolate and cloves. The velvety mouth-feel of this wine is remarkable. The palate begins with a hint of blackberry fruit and builds to a long finish of fruit compote, chocolate and fine-grained tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will give drinking pleasure through 2030.
September 26 – October 5, 2012
French Oak, 32% new
16% Cabernet Franc
4% Petit Verdot
May 1, 2016
750 ml, 1.5 L magnum,
3 L double magnum, 6 L imperial
Grapes for Twomey Merlot come exclusively from our Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley. This vineyard's rolling hills of volcanic soils are tightly planted with French Merlot clones, selected for their low yield of small, intensely flavored berries. In this mild climate, tempered by cool breezes and morning fog, Merlot ripens slowly and develops rich black-fruit character and extraordinary complexity.
World-renowned winemaker, Jean-Claude Berrouet, joined Twomey as Winemaking Consultant in January of 2012 to work closely with our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron, on the production of our Merlot. With over 50 years of winemaking experience, including 44 vintages with the incomparable Chateau Pétrus, he is considered to be one of the foremost proponents of “classicist” winemaking, in that his wines are balanced, true to their origins and capable of longer aging.