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.
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.