2009 Reserve Merlot
California: Oak Knoll District (Napa)
We’ll cut to the chase here, by telling you that today’s Merlot is the finest that we have tasted in at least six months. That’s saying a great deal, because we have showcased some rather remarkable examples.
Today’s single vineyard 2009 Vitus Wines Reserve Merlot is nothing short of incredible and we offer it up with our heartiest recommendation.
With better structure and more fruit than most Merlots, this wine is delicious and elegant - and worth every penny. And then some! In fact, today’s wine is such a screaming deal that we suggest that you stock up.
Beautiful deep, dark ruby with an opaque heart. The wine maintains evenly concentrated color until the very edge, where lighter ruby catches the light.
Brilliantly balanced between dusty earth and bold fruit, this wine exudes dark black cherry, plum, dried blueberry and blackberry, balanced against dried fall leaves, dusty bramble and rose Pelargonium leaf.
Mouth puckering and chewy, with loads of dark fruit, including black cherry, dried plum, blackberry and dried dark cranberry. These are balanced against dusty bramble, black tea leaf, nutmeg and clove.
Long and well-structured, with dusty tannins that give this wine a very classical Merlot finish
Pair this gorgeous Merlot with a classic filet Mignon with a loaded, twice baked, stuffed potato. Beef kabobs with red bell pepper and red onions.
What the Winery Says
Harvested at the end of October from the Smith Family Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Exhibiting a dark inky color, Vitus Merlot is full of body with velvety tannins, loads of dark fruit and a hint of dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Aged for 2 years in new French and American barrels, this wine should cellar for 10 or more years.
About the Winery
We started Vitus with the intention of creating great wine for great Entertainers. We wanted wine worthy of Celebration.
We drew our name from the Christian Saint, Vitus, who is known as the patron of Entertainers and Celebration. Vitus symbolizes good fortune, great wine and a gladdened heart. Every year on June 15th, the Feast of Saint Vitus commences to celebrate the martyrdom of the patron Saint Vitus and his followers.
The Vitus name also mirrors a word any wine lover should know: Viticulture - the the science, production, and study of grapes. Vitus started as a passion project by the Hearn Family and winemaker John Gilpin, who has a true knack for bringing out amazing flavor from some of the best wine grapes in the country.
Winemaker John Gilpin
John graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS degree in 1981. He went directly to work for Willamette Valley Vineyard Service in the summer of 1981, where he worked for the proprietor, Mark Benoit, in the vineyards for 5 years. He worked every harvest for Fred and Mary Benoit from 1981 to 1986 at their winery, Chateau Benoit.