Our goal with Merlot is to showcase the best of this noble and important Bordeaux variety. We start by sourcing fruit from our Oakville Estate, which provides big body and structure; this gives our Merlot big shoulders. We then blend in fruit from vineyards in the cooler southern half of the Napa Valley?stretching from the Oakville District south to Carneros?in particular, the renowned subdistrict of Oak Knoll. From these vineyards the Merlot shows vibrant flavors, dense color, and supple texture. Each vineyard block is made separately, giving it the care and attention needed to reach its full expression. Together, the lots combine beautifully. Our Merlot is often called a ?Cab-lovers? Merlot for its body and richness, a designation we are proud of.