Twomey (Silver Oak) Merlot 2010 (Napa Valley, California)

(Silver Oak) Merlot 2010
(Napa Valley, California)

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Notes from the Winemaker:
2010 was the first of two unusually cool California vintages. The spring was cool with some minor frosts and a few spring showers. June had normal temperatures, which greatly helped bloom and set. Both July and August were unusually cool, which contributed to extraordinary phenolic and color maturity. Slightly above average temperatures in September brought the crop to ideal maturity. We began harvest at Soda Canyon Vineyard on September 27th, three weeks later than normal, and ended on October 1st.

Harvest Dates: September 27 - October 1, 2010
Barrels: French Oak 36% new, 36% once-used, 28% older
Barrel Aging: 13 months
Composition: 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.2%
Release date: September 1, 2014

Tasting Notes

Our 2010 Soda Canyon Vineyard Merlot is a vivacious wine that displays ideal ripeness from a uniquely cool California vintage. It has a dark garnet color and a complex nose of cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, lavender, cloves and hazelnut. On the palate, it has a velvety mouthfeel, a full body, beautiful acid balance and a long, juicy finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2027.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Enthusiast:
"This soft and approachable Merlot brims in smoke and oak, with subtle plum fruit. A slight layering of spice on the back of the palate is pleasing." - Virginie Boone (3/1/2015)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2008 vintage):
"Made with a drop of Cabernet Franc, this Merlot is rich, smooth and bone dry. With modest alcohol, it brims with flavors of black and red currant, licorice, anise and white pepper, as well as a subtle touch of sweet, smoky new oak. The grapes come from the cool Soda Canyon area of Napa Valley, at the base of Atlas Peak." - SH (12/31/2012)