Hendry Ranch Merlot
The Hendry Vineyard is located on benchlands west of the town of Napa. The vines grow on thin, stony clay soil between 200 and 300 feet above sea level. Morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate the climate. Each year, we pick the Bordeaux varietals and ferment and barrel age them individually, each according to its own recipe. After approximately one year of barrel aging, George Hendry decides on the blend for our RED blend based on the characteristics and quantities of the vintage. In some years, we choose to bottle small quantities of the individual components separately as well. This wine was aged 15 months in French oak barrels, approximately 40% of which were new.