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2018 Napa Merlot

Expect a medium to full-bodied wine with bright red fruit. Raspberries and cherries with cocoa nib and anise. Blackberry jam and herbaceous notes of rosemary and thyme. A hint of spice assists a long finish. Absolutely delicious.

Best of Class, American Fine Wine Competition
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SKU: BAL18ME
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
Sept 21 - Sept 29
Sugar
26.6 -27.5
Acid
5.6
pH
3.77
Aging
15 months in French oak barrels; 50% new oak
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Spectator
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A big, luxurious Merlot packed with aromas of brambleberry, crème brulee, and chocolate. Big rounded tannins and fruit-forward flavors help make this a Cabernet drinker’s style Merlot. There is good weight on the palate and a rich velvety texture. It has a luscious dark berry flavor that is concentrated and full and jammy and is accented with with black pepper and dusty spices. The wine finishes with characters of cream, vanilla and framboise.
Ratings
90 points, Vinous Best in Class | Gold Medal, American Fine Wine Competition
Awards
The 2018 Merlot Estate Grown is a soft, open-knit wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Crushed flowers, spice, cedar, and tobacco lift red berry fruit flavors in this pretty, mid-weight offering. -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Vineyard Notes
These vines are planted in one of the warmest locations in the Napa Valley. This vineyard is ideal for ripening mature tannins and flavor in our Merlot grapes. 2018 was a good growing season, so the flavor and tannin development kept pace with sugar accumulation, creating excellent, well-balanced flavors and intense color. That gave this Merlot great concentration and a silky texture. The rockier soils of this vineyard site accentuated these attributes to bring about the highest quality grapes our vineyard can yield.
Winemaker Notes
The 2018 vintage was an outstanding Merlot vintage. Low yields and high quality surpassed our expectations. Picked to showcase the Merlot’s ripe flavors, we barrel fermented to dryness on the skins, and barrel aged for 17 months. This Merlot was so great on it’s own, it only required a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, and the other blenders add the complexity in aromatics and palate.
Food Pairing Notes
Spicy meatballs, fig plum marinated lamb chops
Production
313 cases
Other Notes
93% Merlot 3.4% Cabernet Sauvignon 2.6% Malbec 0.5% Petite Sirah 0.5% Cabernet Franc
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