The Merlot farmed at Hardester Ranch, with its gravelly hillside topography, offers weight, concentration and a rich chocolatey character. The 2011 Napa Valley Merlot is bright ruby in color, intricately laced with bright cherry, nutmeg and sweet spice on the nose. The palate is medium bodied, smooth and balanced with a perfume of raspberry, linalool and plum. Hints of cocoa, blueberry and mint round out the finish on this well-balanced wine.
HALL Wines represents critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from two tasting room and winery locations in St. Helena and Rutherford. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. Each vintage, Winemaker Steve Leveque crafts 15 distinct Cabernet Sauvignon wines which demonstrate the unique characteristics and diversity of Napa Valley. HALL’s highly rated wines include the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, selected as Wine Spectator’s #18 of the ‘Top 100’ in 2010, the HALL 2008 “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon that earned #2 Wine Spectator “Top 100” Wines, and its 2010 ‘Exzellenz’ earned 100 points by Robert Parker. Collectively, over 140 HALL Wines have been rated 90 points and above.