The aromatics feature spice, vanilla and plums that carry onto the palate with hints of black cherry, complementary ripe tannins and a solid structure from start to finish. The complex flavors include black and red fruit with a hint of white pepper. Three years after harvest, it still shows a youthful profile and is opening up nicely and showing richness and balance.
Aged 22 months in French oak and made in the style of the classic and youthful right bank Bordeaux. The aromatics include currants, black plums, bay leaf and allspice. The deep black and red fruit flavors of currant and cherry are accompanied by side notes of white pepper with bay leaf from the nose. Limestone accents convey minerality and carry deep into the palate. The full body, polished structure and excellent balance with complementary ripe tannins result in a long, complex finish.
An underlying garnet tone accents the deep ruby color. Red and black cherries act as the aromatic base of the nose with heavy accents of white pepper, current and just a hint of earthiness. Black cherry flavors dominate the palate with rhubarb, red berries, Asian spice and minerality all combining to add a bit of zest. The sweet tannins and elegance of the palate carry forward to a long polished finish bringing into focus the intense structure and elegant side of this noble grape.
Napa Valley's 2014 vintage was classic in its character bringing us wines that highlight the elegance of 2012 with the power of 2013. JMC's 2014 Merlot follows a very traditional Right Bank Bordeaux model in both style and blend with 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc. The color is a bright ruby with a touch of amber emphasizing its depth. On the nose you will discover red cherry with accents of dried rose petals and hints of lilac and spice. Your first sip will introduce you to an elegant mouthfeel framed by finely grained tannins and bright acidity to offer both structure and balance while leading to an intriguing finish that reflects all the sensory impressions from the nose, palate and its Right Bank heritage.
Our 2013 Merlot from Napa Valley's Oak Knoll District is a perfect example of this stellar vintage. It displays all the elegance of our award winning 2012 with a bit more power, concentration and depth. The aromatics are filled with black rose and mineral elements accented by just a touch of new French oak. The palate is full and rich with notes of black cherry, blueberry, pepper and currant leading to a long complex finish with beautifully structured tannin and a multi-layered impression of all that went before.
Hand harvested from the Silverado Trail and tank fermented for three weeks. Aged in French oak for 24 months with just one barrel to barrel racking. Full bodied flavors and aromas of black cherry, plum, cardamom spice and hints of black rose. Outstanding character and complexity reminiscent of fine Pomerol. Rich, ripe tannins, well layered with a long finish. This release will evolve for many years.