Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Merlot 2014 | A favorite for 2 decades
Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Merlot 2014 is an exotic and complex wine possessing aromas of blackberry liqueur, red fruits, and wild violets. Yet, enhancing these aromas are nuances of fresh pipe tobacco, anise, cinnamon spice and plum. While broadly filling the mouth with complex fruit flavors. As a result counterbalanced by a round and substantial mid-palate and a lengthy finish.
Mitsuko’s Vineyard is 365 acres in the Los Carneros appellation within the Napa Valley. The rolling land of this vineyard has a broad range of soil types, elevations, slopes, and aspects which create countless distinct microclimates. Yet, after careful study, the vineyard plants eight different grape varieties utilizing every bit of its diversity. While Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are commonly found in Los Carneros and are the keys to the region’s notoriety.
In Mitsuko’s Vineyard, these varieties have ideal cooling breezes blowing in from the San Pablo Bay. While creating the slow, balanced growing season these varieties needed to build complexity. And the Haire clay-loam makes some of the best Merlot in the world. Similar to the makeup of the Right Bank of Bordeaux.
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This section of the vineyard was planted to a unique blend of Merlot clones well suited for this climate. Next to it is a section known as Graveyard Hill with its own unique rocky with well-drained soil. While an aspect that maximizes sun exposure while making it ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, a rare sight in Los Carneros. So the vineyard takes its name from founder Jan Shrem’s late wife. Shrem devoted himself to building Clos Pegase winery and making it an iconic destination in Napa Valley. Hence, the Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Merlot 2014 is a testament to these efforts.
About Close Pegase
While completed in 1987, Clos Pegase was designed to be a temple to wine on a 47 acre Calistoga vineyard. The winery has a total of 450 acres, mostly located in Carneros. The Clos Pegase label features Pegasus, painted circa 1890 by the French artist Redon. Consequently, this painting is winery owner Jan Shrem’s favorite work of art from his extensive private collection.