New releases from Black Stallion Winery, Miner Family Vineyards

by TrevR on November 14, 2008

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We’ve got a couple new releases to share with you this sunny and warm Friday afternoon.

First up, the folks over at one of Napa’s newest wineries, Black Stallion Winery, have released their 2005 Merlot. At $42 per 750ml bottle, this is a 100% Merlot (made exclusively from fruit picked in the Oakville District) that was aged for 22 months in 100% French Oak. There were just under 600 cases produced and the wine checks-in at 14.3% alcohol by volume. Here are the winemaker’s notes:

The fruit for our 2005 Merlot came from the highly acclaimed Money Road Ranch in the Oakville District of the Napa Valley. Money Road Ranch is located in the heart of Oakville, and the grapes of our 2005 Merlot came from a single vineyard block planted to Three Palms clone on 420A rootstock. This appellation located in the center of the Napa Valley is well known for producing high-quality Bordeaux wines with elegant tannin structure and length. The sandy loam clay and gravelly alluvium soil composition from this vineyard closely resembles Bordeaux’s Pomerol. Typical daily temperatures range thirty degrees, with average night time lows in the mid 50′s and daytime highs in the mid 80′s. This daily scillation in temperature is the largest in the valley and creates an ideal balance of fruit acids and sugar ripeness in the grapes, which translates into a balanced and well structured wine.

We’re told if you order this wine via the website before November 28th you’ll receive a 15% discount, and if you order six or more bottles they’ll throw in free ground shipping. Either way, try out promo code 05Merlot.

Meanwhile, Miner Family Vineyards is releasing its first ever Malbec–a 2006.

This is a wine from 100% Napa Valley AVA fruit, with the breakdown as follows: 87% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. With only 241 cases produced, the Miner Family Vineyards 2006 Malbec costs $50 per 750ml bottle. Here are the winery’s notes:

Berry fruit and tannins are plentiful in this Malbec – our first release of this varietal bottling – with characteristic notes of plum and tobacco followed by a slight rustic earthiness on the finish. Aged in French oak for 21 months before bottling, Malbec will benefit from a few years in the cellar, which will allow its tannins to soften. This is a versatile food wine with a distinctive acid structure that matches up nicely with rare red meat, Indian and Italian cuisine (tomato-based sauces).

If you happen to try either of these wines, do check back in and let us know what you think in the comments.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Black Stallion Winery, Miner Family Vineyards, 2005 Black Stallion Merlot, 2006 Miner Family Malbec, Oakville]

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