APPEARANCE: Ruby, garnet
AROMAS: Black cherry, coffee, licorice, creamy bright fruit
PALATE: Chocolate-covered cherries, hoisin sauce
FINISH: Full fruity finish buttressed by acidity
MOUTHFEEL: Elegant, nuanced, texturally plush, velvety tannins, soulful
AGEABILITY: Will provide drinking pleasure through 2030 with proper cellaring
PAIRINGS: Winery Chef Dominic Orsini’s Buttermilk Fried Quail or Roasted Duck Leg Salad
Soda Canyon Ranch Estate Vineyard
September 2 – 28, 2013
15% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot
AVERAGE BRIX 24.1°
BARRELS 32% new, 31% oncefilled,
18% twice-filled, 19% stainless
steel tanks to preserve freshness;
100% French oak
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.
"Some of the best grapes I've tasted in California."
- Jean-Claude Berrouet
Consulting Winemaker on our Twomey Merlot
World-renowned winemaker, Jean-Claude Berrouet, joined Twomey as Winemaking Consultant in January of 2012 to work closely with our then 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.
"Jean-Claude is an amzing inspiration and his wisdom affects everybody on the team. For example, he was walking the vineyard with my grower relations rep and Jean-Claude said to him, 'These are some of the best grapes I've tasted in California.' And the rep replied, 'I agree, and we thought we'd start picking tomorrow.' And Jean-Claude, in his thick French accent said, 'I won't tell you what to do, but you have an opportunity to make the most extraordinary merlot ever made in California. Or you can pick tomorrow.'"
- Daniel Baron
Former Director of Winemaking for Twomey and Silver Oak