This 2011 vintage Napa Merlot is balanced and integrated with red plum, cassis and
raspberry. Fine-grained tannins add to the focus and length.
2011 Vintage Recap from the Napa Valley Vintners
A wet winter and spring that continued with rainfall into mid-June, bloom and fruit set
were delayed in parts of the region, setting the stage for a long, cooler-than-average
growing season. The precipitation measuring season ending on June 30 found the region
more than a third above normal in rainfall. While this is good news for water resources,
the cloud cover and cool temperatures delayed vine development by several weeks at
the onset of the growing season.
This timetable continued through the somewhat cool summer season that led to the
latest harvest start in anyone’s memory, beginning August 29. Few high heat events
occurred at any point this year, but growers managed more open vine canopies to
ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters.
After a consistently cool summer season, significant mid-October rain pushed the
vintage even later. But grow- ers were rewarded with weeks of fantastic weather, a
prolonged Indian summer that provided needed ripening time.
The commitment to quality runs so deep and strong in this valley that systems for
effective sorting were already set-up, both in the field and at the wineries. While
quantity was low, the fruit this year will make for well- balanced wines with good
intensity, structure and texture with a brightness of flavor.