This Merlot Isn't shy, with its deep, dark garnet hue and abounding aromas of rich black cherry. cassis and clove. Approachable, integrated tannins frame the generous dark fruit flavors and coat the palate with soft velvet. The long, fruity finish, laced with autumn spices, ends with a lively cranberry zing. Winemakers Chris Cooney and Rinaldi chose Merlot from two subappelations of Napa Valley: Los Carneros and Oak Knoll. The Oak Knoll fruit gives the wine rich, ripe flavors and softer texture, while the cooler Los Carneros region?closer to the San Francisco Bay?provides lively acidity and bright, red fruit Merlot character.