This 100% Merlot is rich and ripe with wonderful expressions of blue berries and dark fruits. Deep ruby hue is followed by hints of underbrush, sweet mocha, black and red fruits, and dusty, loamy soil notes. Displays a soft ,velvety texture with succulent flavors of plum, French vanilla, and spice. A perfect accompaniment to barbecued chicken, pot roast, or mushroom risotto.
100% Merlot. Barlow Vineyards, established in 1994 by Warren, Jeanne, Barr, and Ann Smith, is an estate on the Silverado Trail between Calistoga and St. Helena at the upper end of the Napa Valley. Merlot was originally grown in the Napa Valley as a blending grape and it was not until the 1980's that it was found that the grape did exceptionally well in this area as a major varietal. Barlow Merlot is many layered and intense. It is grown on lyre trellises to take advantage of the well-drained, down-sloped vineyards which enjoy a microclimate of cool nights and warm warm-wind-protected days. The Merlot fruit was picked at its prime and aged in French oak barrels for 20 months.