2010 Nth Degree Merlot
Showing a vibrant red color, this Merlot has rich aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum and toasted oak with luscious tannins and a long coffee and mocha finish.
Prime Livermore Valley, Napa Valley and Arroyo Seco Estate vineyards were selected for the Nth Degree program because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. The vineyards were “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand - to pruning, leaf pulling, removing shoots, and thinning clusters, in an effort to ensure that the grape clusters remaining at harvest are of the highest quality. The grapes were harvested in the early morning into half ton bins and handpicked, sorted, and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
All wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and pumped over twice daily.
The Merlot was aged for 16 months in American, Eastern European, and neutral oak barrels. The Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 18 months in French, Eastern European and neutral oak barrels. The Petit Verdot was aged for 18 months in American and Eastern European oak barrels.