2013 Merryvale Vineyards Proprietary Red Napa Valley St. Helena
We loved this for its sheer breadth and expanse of black fruit, its gingerbread studded with blueberries and dusted cocoa, and its vibrant, minutes-long finish. A monumental 30th Profile!
Merryvale is important to us because the expert winemaking team of Sean Foster and Simon Faury are relentless in their pursuit of pure, sustainably farmed, expressive wines. Faury has worked extensively in France and Italy, as well as Napa Valley icons like Robert Mondavi and Harlan Estate. Grapes are picked by hand and fermented in many small batches, which give Foster and Faury total control over quality in the final blends.
Merryvale sources fruit from all over the valley, and also from the elite Schlatter Family Vineyard, on the east side of Saint Helena.