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New! 2014MerlotSoda Canyon Ranch (Napa Valley)

$65.00 USD$52.00 Duncan Family / Duncan Family Reds Club Price$55.25 Velma Club Price

Our single vineyard wine from the Napa Valley.

APPEARANCE 
Slightly opaque scarlet red

AROMAS 
Black cherry, roasted meat, wet soil, raspberry jam, mocha, loose pipe tobacco, dried blueberry and brioche

PALATE 
Velvet entry, structured mid-palate, mouthwatering, bright cherry, blackberry, vanilla flavors and an enticing texture

FINISH 
Integrated tannins, elegant, juicy with a long finish and return

AGEABILITY
 2032 given proper cellaring conditions

PAIRINGS 
A savory beef short rib bourguignon or wild mushroom risotto

VINEYARD
Soda Canyon Ranch Estate Vineyard (Napa Valley)

HARVEST DATES
August 29 – September 6, 2014

COMPOSITION
79.7% Merlot,
8.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.9%
Cabernet Franc, 4.1% Petit Verdot

ALCOHOL
14.4%

BARREL AGING
13 months

BARRELS
30% new, 30% once used, 20% older French oak;
20% stainless steel tanks

RELEASE DATE
April 28, 2018

Record-breaking dry conditions continued in 2014. The only significant winter precipitation we received at Soda Canyon Ranch occurred in late February and early March. Lack of rainfall coupled with a very mild spring led to an earlier than normal bud break and bloom for Napa Valley
vineyards. Despite an early and warm start, the summer remained quite mild, with very few heat events and only three days of triple-digit highs. These conditions allowed fruit to mature and ripen slowly leading to wonderful concentration and depth of flavor. Harvest began on August 29 and the final grapes were picked on September 6. The 2014 vintage will be remembered for the warm and arid weather that provided conditions conducive to producing wines of exceptional quality.

JEAN-CLAUDE BERROUET:
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.