Mother Nature and Merlot

Rain has interrupted our harvest plans this week, which always provides a huge challenge to winegrowers and winemakers alike. However, we were lucky enough to pick our Oak Knoll Chardonnay two weeks ago and it is looking excellent with spectacular

balance and yielded more grapes than we expected! Remarkable.

While looking through the vineyards, my mind wandered elsewhere, specifically about Merlot. Merlot is the first of the Bordeaux varieties to buying viagra online be harvested. While many people think of this

grape as the “soft and fruity red”, the way I value my Cosentino Merlot is very different. For example, the Estate Merlot is well-structured like a great Bordeaux wine from Pomerol. But, in America today, with the Merlot becoming less popular, many do not understand that two of the most expensive wines in the World, Petrus in Bordeaux and Ornellaia Masseto in Italy, are both Merlots!

The Merlot used for my wines is sourced from our vineyard in the Oakville appellation at our Yountville Estate property. We planted specifically these vines at this site because Merlot was the best grape for the clay loam in this area of Oakville. With that said, whether it is the loamy soils of the Valley floor, the cooler, eastern exposures of Western Oakville, or the extreme heat influences of the Eastern hills, the interesting thing about Oakville is that there are great wines throughout the area with a unique spice and mineral element that show regardless of where it was grown. Oakville has become one of the World’s best spots for Bordeaux varietals and I feel fortunate to be such a valuable piece to this rare region.

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Author:Mitch (Winemaker)

In 1980, Mitch Cosentino began making wine from small lots in Modesto, California. Moving his operation to Napa Valley nearly 10 years later, he pursued his dream of becoming a great Napa winemaker. His highly skilled and artistic style of winemaking has enabled him to craft award winning wines with an old world attitude. On the rare occasions that Mitch isn't at the winery, he can be found honing his skills on the golf course.

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