About This Wine
How does one go about naming a winery?
Well, one could simply use the family name. California wine country is covered with such estates: Mondavi, Martini, Mirassou — and that’s just a few of the “Ms” found on wine maps. Another method is to reference the land: Dry Creek, Peachy Canyon, Pine Ridge, et al.
The latter approach was embraced by Jim Gill, James Harder and Jim Regusci in developing their Parcel 41 label. “The name is derived from the original agriculture land assessor’s plot number for our ranch in Napa Valley,” Harder explains. Simple as that.
What was Harder’s vision for the 2009 Parcel 41 Merlot? “Our goal was to make a Merlot that is supple and elegant, yet still has the structure, depth and richness you’d find in more expensive offerings,” Harder says. You may find more pricy Merlots from the big-name wineries, but you’d be hard pressed to top Parcel 41 in quality.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Napa Valley, California
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Currant and a Hint of Mocha
- Aging Vessels:Second-Use French Oak Barrels for 16 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionprime rib, or a veggie burger.
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