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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Napa Valley - Calistoga|
All of the members of the winemaking family behind Barlow Vineyards are farmers at heart. Since purchasing their land in the Napa Valley in 1994, they have farmed it all themselves, using their combined talents to produce exceptional wines. Warren Barlow Smith, a salesman, and Jeanne Smith, an accountant and financial manager, along with their son Barr Smith, a Geology major, and daughter-in-law Ann Smith, a Botany major, produced a small amount of estate grown cabernet sauvignon originally only intended for their family and friends to enjoy. Winemaker Art Finklestein tried it and was so impressed he urged them to sell it instead, and they quickly sold out. Their merlot is dark and rich, full of both red and dark fruits with an essence of sweet French vanilla. The palate is concentrated and deep with plush, luxurious tannin and a long, lingering finish.