California Merlot Monticello Vineyard Estate Merlot 2005 shows aromatics of classic red berry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry and hints of floral notes with a touch of new French oak. The California Merlot flavors follow with more red berry and are framed by gentle oak and moderate tannins. Medium-bodied in structure, the California Merlot wine is very well balanced. It has a silky, but full texture and finishes long. Monticello Merlot 2005 red wine is drinking great right now, and should be enjoyed through 2012. Aged 18 months in French Oak barrels, Monticello Vineyards Estate Merlot 2005 is fantastic, and even better because of our low price. 2005 was a fantastic year for California Merlot. The Merlot which makes up more than 80% of this blend was the last batch of grapes that the Corley family of Monticello Vineyards picked for the entire vintage. Due to the moderate weather late in the season, they were able to let the grapes just hang on the vines and continue to develop, without worrying about the sugars increasing. It’s a great situation that doesn’t happen every year. It allowed to naturally achieve some great flavors in the vineyard.
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The Corley Family’s Monticello Vineyards is an innovative and acclaimed limited production estate winery located in Napa Valley, California. All of their wines have won innumerable awards over the last 25 years, been honored as top 100 wines by the major publications, have been served in the White House and have honored the Academy Awards. Jay Corley came to Napa Valley in 1969 seeking land to plant and grow an estate vineyard. Thirty-five plus years later, sons Kevin, Chris and Stephen manage the winery. This small winery produces about 15,000 cases of wine annually designated MONTICELLO VINEYARDS, CORLEY RESERVE and CORLEY. In 1969 Jay Corley began searching for an appropriate site to grow wine grapes and quickly recognized that the best wines in the United States were made from grapes grown in the Napa Valley. Since his personal interest was in Burgundian-style wines, he chose to initially focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and therefore acquired land in what is now known as the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley in 1970. The Oak Knoll District is in southern Napa Valley, just north of the town of Napa, and with its cooler temperatures, the Oak Knoll District is ideal for growing these varietals. In 1980, a winemaker started to oversee the harvest and crushing of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes for MONTICELLO VINEYARDS wines. In 1982, the winery was moved into a state of the art winery in the Home Ranch Vineyard and also produced the first CORLEY RESERVE wines. MONTREAUX Brut followed in 1983, Pinot Noir in 1984, Merlot in 1990, CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine in 1999; Cabernet Franc in 2003 and Syrah in 2004. The over-riding philosophy is that great wines are made in the vineyards. That is why they have made such a tremendous commitment to ownership of the most suitable land for grapes. Already satisfied with the strength and quality of the Oak Knoll estates for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they set out in pursuit of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the warmer districts of Napa Valley. Today they farm five vineyards in the Napa Valley - the Home Ranch Vineyard and Knollwood Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District planted to Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah vines, and the State Lane Vineyard in Yountville, Tietjen Vineyard on Niebaum Lane in Rutherford and Ehlers Lane Vineyard in St. Helena, each planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Monticello winery has received numerous awards and high reviews, which has led to a short supply of their wines.
RATINGS: Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Home Ranch Vineyard – Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
Merlot vineyards are planted rootstock. The grapes are lush and power packed with intense berry flavors and an abundance of bright fruit.
Home Ranch Vineyard and Knollwood Vineyard
Cabernet Franc vineyards bring red fruit and medium-bodied structure to the wine.