2018 Napa Merlot
A brilliant release for our estate grown Merlot. It has a luscious dark berry flavor that is concentrated and jammy and is accented with black pepper and dusty spices. The wine finishes with characters of cream, vanilla and framboise.
Sept 21 - Sept 29
15 months in French oak barrels; 50% new oak
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.
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.
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
Enjoy this versatile wine with steak, poultry or other light meats, but to be honest we have no problem sitting back and enjoying it on its own.
93% Merlot 3.4% Cabernet Sauvignon 2.6% Malbec 0.5% Petite Sirah 0.5% Cabernet Franc