Twomey Cellars Merlot 2014 | Exclusive from Petrus Winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet
Twomey Cellars Merlot 2014 is brilliant deep ruby in color. Enticing aromas of red plum, rose petals, thyme, sage, and clove. Medium in body with supple tannins, soft acidity, and flavors of pomegranate, red cherry, vanilla, spiced plums, and mocha. Drink now-2022. Winemaker Daniel Baron reunites with Jean-Claude Berrouet for this 95 point masterpiece.
Since 2012, Twomey has retained world-renowned consulting winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet. The longtime winemaker at Château Petrus, the world’s standard-bearer for Merlot. Berrouet’s Right Bank touch is resulting in some of the finest Twomey Merlot ever. This is a fantastic offer for those who love what the Duncan family has done at Silver Oak. And are intrigued by the influence of a Right Bank legend on a stellar Napa Merlot.
Twomey renown for Cabernet & Merlot
Silver Oak’s founding family, the Duncans, have won global acclaim for setting the bar for lush California Cabernet, but few realize that for two decades at Twomey, they have done the same for Merlot. Harvested from the same Soda Canyon Vineyard that supplies much of their Silver Oak Cabernet, the Twomey Cellars Merlot 2014 is a picture of the ripe, supple, and deftly oaked style that has made Silver Oak such a crowd-pleaser.
Longtime drinkers of Twomey Merlot may have noticed some changes over the last few vintages. While the standard-setting Napa Valley Merlot is still grown at the Duncan family’s Soda Canyon property. Seems like a stone’s throw from the Stags Leap and Oak Knoll AVAs — best-known for producing Silver Oak’s world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet, it is still aged for over a year in French oak, one-third of it new. And still softened by the long, low-tech, and labor-intensive process known as soutirage.
Winemaker Daniel Baron reunites with Jean-Claude
But in 2012, the Duncan family reunited longtime Twomey and Silver Oak winemaker Daniel Baron with consulting winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet, his former colleague at Établissement Jean-Pierre Moueix. Établissement Moueix is the Bordeaux outfit that owns, in addition to its prestigious French properties, Napa’s famed Dominus winery. But the most obvious reason that the Duncans chose Berrouet to apply his expertise to Twomey? His history as winemaker at the world’s Merlot standard-bearer Château Petrus. Rather a tenure during which Berrouet made what Christian Moueix called an “immeasurable” contribution.
2014 was Berrouet’s third year as consulting winemaker at Twomey, and his subtle but significant changes show. He blended in more Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in order to tame the Merlot fruit and bring forth some of the wine’s finer textural and structural components. Most notably — and most consequentially for consumers — Berrouet trimmed production roughly 40 percent in the last two vintages. And yields for the coming 2015 vintage are down 30 percent. Most important, this tightening is certainly leading to a rise in quality. Probably it will also, inevitably, lead to a price increase