*Somerston Stornaway Red Blend
Somerston Estate Stornoway Red Blend, Napa Valley, USA
Vintage 2010: [CT 92] [AG 93]
Vintage 2013: [RP 93] [JS 93] [CT 92]
Each vintage seems to top the previous one. This right bank inspired wine jumps out of the glass with expressive aromatics of blueberry, espresso, and oak spice. The wine is rich and concentrated, yet balanced and elegant. The palate is focused with dark red fruits, spice and blueberry. The balanced acid profile builds up to a firm and somewhat reluctant finish.
Merlot Stornoway is a blend of nearly 88% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. It is a beautiful wine, offering oodles of lush mocha and chocolate notes, black cherry and berry fruit, full-bodied opulence, a voluptuous palate, and a fleshy, savory mouthfeel. Talk about hedonism – this wine is loaded with it. It should drink well for at least a decade or more. This is a real crowd pleaser and I’m sure it would acquit itself extremely well in blind tastings with wines two to three times the price. (RP)
The Merlot was handpicked and delivered to the winery. The grapes were de-stemmed and sorted, then pumped into tanks for a 5-day cold soak at 50 degrees. When the fermentation began, we pumped the tank over twice per day. The native yeast fermentation lasted for approximately 14 days. The free run was drained from the tank overnight. The wine was barreled down into 55% new French oak; the balance was put into once-used French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in the barrel. The wine was aged for 24 months and bottled unfiltered.