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2019 Napa Merlot

A medium-bodied wine with cherry cola, boysenberry, and lavender with hints of herbaceous aromas and dried fruit. This Napa Valley Merlot evolves into expresso, eucalyptus, vanilla and lingers on the palate. The fruit hides at the beginning of this wine but by the time your first glass is almost empty, this wine is opening up beautifully and expresses both savory and fruit characteristics. Delicate and subtly nuanced, this wine is a winner.

Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
Sept 19
Sugar
26.8
Acid
5.65
pH
3.68
Aging
17 months in French oak barrels; 50% new oak
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Advocate
88
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"The 2019 Merlot showed incredibly well, offering lots of red and black fruits, notes of spice and ripe herbs, medium to full body, and just a charming, un-front, undeniably delicious style. It should shine for 5-7 years or more." Jeb Dunnuck, 92 points
Awards
Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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. 2019 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 2019 vintage was an outstanding Merlot vintage. Low yields and high quality surpassed our expectations. Picked to showcase the Merlot’s ripe flavors, we barrel and tank fermented, pressed off sweet, and barrel aged for 17 months. This Merlot was so great on it’s own, it only required a splash of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec blenders to add the complexity in aromatics and palate.
Other Notes
90% Merlot 5% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Malbec
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