Back in November I visited Jericho Canyon. I spent time with the winemaker Nicholas Bleecher who literally grew up beneath the vines of the vineyard his parent planted in Jericho Canyon, a secluded, steep sloped cut in the hills of Calistoga. Nick and I started our conversation atop the windy canyon, then went deep into the echo filled caves to taste some very special wine.
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Nicholas Bleecher, Winemaker, Jericho Canyon Vineyard
2011, Jericho Canyon Vineyard Merlot
Playful deep ruby color, Nose of violets, blueberry, black pepper and leather. Complex texture, with tannins are grippy. Flavors of blueberry, cassis, and darker fruits. Beautifully integrated with a long finish.
2012 Jericho Canyon Vineyard Chimera
Deep rich ruby color. This Bordeaux blend shows aromas of black cherry, fig, and fresh herbs. On the palate the tannins are youthful yet silky The flavor profile brings blackberry, dried fig, hints of vanilla and wood. Complex and long finish balanced by good acidity.
2013 Jericho Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep serious color. Very elegant nose leads with dark ripe fruit balance by earthy notes. Velvety mouth feel on the attack bringing forward flavors of blackberry, cranberry, cassis, with hints of cocoa and baking spices. Mouthwatering acidity finishes off the lovely, complex, long lasting finish. This wine will age beautifully for 10 years or more.
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