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2012 Blueline Estate Merlot

2012 Blueline Estate Merlot

Tony Biagi
Jeff and Carolyn Smith
The Chilton and Clark Families
Vineyard Designation
Blueline Estate
Soil Series
Gravelly Cortina River Wash
Calistoga, Napa Valley
96% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Barrel Program
Aged 16 months in 40% new French oak

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Current Vintage Overview

As Tony Biagi’s debut vintage, 2012 brought an evolution to the depth, complexity and textural richness that Bob Foley achieved in our wines over the past 15 years. The growing year was ideal, similar to 2001, one of our favorite vintages. A long growing season with many low to mid 80-degree days and cool evenings, allowed for slow phenolic maturation and great color development with good acidity. The balanced chemistry delivered wines with a wide range of fruit flavors across the red to black fruit spectrum and a layering of flavors marked against the brightness of acidity. This freshness and vibrancy resides within a classic structure with refined, tightly integrated tannins. The precision of this vintage is what we find so striking, an exactitude that should translate to great cellar worthiness.

Tasting Profile

2012 was a particularly great vintage for Merlot at the Blueline Estate. Due to its early ripening characteristic, Merlot can be challenging in warmer vintages, but 2012 was very temperate, allowing for a longer, more metered season. The longer season allowed us to segregate individual micro-blocks and pick them in sequence over a three-week window. The earlier picks gave us tangy red fruits and dark sour cherry while the later picks delivered rich blackberry fruit and deep supple textures. From these various lots, we assembled a Merlot blend with incredibly symphonic layers, balancing vibrancy with deep textural richness.

This plush, layered Merlot opens with aromatics of Mandarin Orange peel, cassis and flinty minerality, walking a fine line between the overt and the subtle, delivering a wine of immense complexity. 2012 marks our seventh harvest at Blueline and a year where we feel we are really mastering the ultimate expression of Merlot from this special vineyard. 

~ Jeff Smith, January 2016

Other Vintages

2014 Blueline Estate Merlot
2013 Blueline Estate Merlot
2011 Blueline Estate Merlot
2010 Blueline Estate Merlot
2009 Blueline Estate Merlot
2008 Blueline Estate Merlot
2007 Blueline Estate Merlot
2006 Blueline Estate Merlot