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BAXTER     2004     ‘Rodger’s Vineyard’     Oak Knoll     Napa Valley

The Rodgers Vineyard Merlot is always one of our favorite wines at Baxter Winery.  As a young winemaker in the 1970’s Phil Sr. was instrumental in the placement of Merlot amongst the pedigree wines of Napa Valley.  We carry on this
tradition today as firm believers of the masterful elegance and grace offered by a properly made Merlot.  Larry Bettinelli, a veteran in vineyard management, keeps a meticulous eye on this vineyard, and it shows.  Each year the intense varietal expression is apparent at the first punchdown, as the color is already a dark sanguine red.  Balanced from top to bottom, this wine is as much a pleasure to make, as it is to drink.

Wild violets and cherry dominate the nose while the smoothness of the wine is already vastly apparent.  Black cherry, plum, caramel, and truffle mix in the mouth while the bright acidity lingers with freshness on the palate.  A classic example of one of the worlds’ most noble grapes, the Rodgers Vineyard Merlot is earthy and elegant making the perfect accompaniment to Filet Mignon.


450 cases produced.

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