2013 Windfall Vineyard Merlot
From less than two acres in the Rutherford appellation, our Windfall Vineyard Merlot is made in such small quantities that we use ½-ton T-bins to manage the fermentation. A hand crafted wine in the truest sense, our Windfall Merlot is deeply concentrated and richly fruited with tannins that are supple and approachable.
Concentrated and richly fragrant, this hefty Merlot quickly unfolds with notes of vanilla, cedar and sandalwood easing into wild blackberry, cranberry, and dark Bing cherry. Broadly coating the palate, the wine continues with sumptuous flavors of black and red fruits alongside fresh-baked pie crust, white licorice and secondary tones of sage and blonde tobacco. This is a substantial and highly-structured Merlot – in some ways more like a Cabernet Sauvignon -- made in a bold style that is suitable for aging yet ready to enjoy now.
Owned by the Komes family since 1986, our Windfall Vineyard in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley hosts just 2.2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.79 acres of Merlot on organically-farmed, rocky bale loam soils. The vines are tightly spaced, creating competition for nutrients and lowering their overall production. Tended by hand with copious canopy management and culling to preserve only the finest clusters, Windfall consistently produces low yields of beautifully rich and concentrated wine grapes.
One hundred percent handpicked and sorted, the grapes for this vintage were picked in one lot and placed in a small stainless fermentation tank where they underwent a “cold soak” for four days at 55°F. This allowed the wine to extract much of its color without the influence of alcohol, resulting in a deep, dark ruby-purple hue. After fermentation the wine was aged for a period of 21 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Racked three times to soften the tannins with exposure oxygen, the wine was bottled without fining. Drink now through 2019 for optimum enjoyment.
In Napa Valley a warm, dry spring in 2013 brought early bud break to the vines, with ideal growing conditions continuing through flowering and fruit set. Temperatures in June and July were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and ripening. At the conclusion of harvest, about two weeks earlier than normal, Napa Valley vintners agreed that 2013 had produced some of the most concentrated, dense and richly satisfying wines they’d ever seen.