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2005 Beau Terre Vineyard Merlot

2005 Beau Terre Vineyard Merlot

This 2004 Merlot showcases the Hill Family’s “Beau Terre” Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley.

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The Hill Family Estate wine library, is filled with wines dating back to our inaugural vintage in 2001. In celebration of Hill Family Estate's library collection, we’ve decided to open the vault. In early 2010 we began re-releasing some of our most prized vintages and vertical packs from the Napa Valley.
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Tasting Notes
Nose: Classic toasty vanilla caramel wood and boysenberry fruit Palate: Though young for its time in bottle (18 months) it is nicely drinkable, with rich raspberry and chocolate flavors linked closely to lively tannins. The finish is still pretty busy and interesting, with sweet cherry notes and small tannin explosions going off all the way to the end.
Winemaker Notes
Skill and experience were necessary to pull the most out of the vineyard in 2005. Late rains, cool temperature with fog, and no late season heat combined to make this a most challenging year. After several passes thinning out the less ripe clusters, Beau Terre did ripen up nicely, with final Brix in the mid 26s. Color held well, and the lovely berry notes came out early and just needed to be preserved with gentle treatment and careful blending, backed up with judicious toasty oak. We added more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, to stiffen up the spine.