2016 Merlot, Napa Valley


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The Wine

This robust Merlot will delight Cabernet Sauvignon lovers! On the nose, this Merlot offers layers of fruit – blueberry, raspberry and cherry. The palate is elegantly structured with mouth-watering tannins and sprightly, well-balanced acidity. The fruit-forward berries on the nose reemerge on the palate with savory undertones of basil and rosemary. This harmonious wine displays a lasting and memorable finish. Pair it with grilled flank steak, lamb burgers or veal chops.

Vintage

The string of near perfect vintages continued for the fifth year in 2016, with an early bud break and flowering followed by sunny days and relatively mild temperatures throughout the growing season. We were able to have almost all our grapes safely in the cellar before the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October fourteenth.

Vineyard

Our Merlot grows both in our cooler American Canyon and Carneros vineyards and in our warmer Yountville vineyard. We blended Merlot from all three vineyards to create a balanced, robust wine that combines the richness and depth from the warmer climates and perfume and bright fruitiness from the cooler climates. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm our five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.

Winemaker's Notes

Alcohol

14.6%

Fermentation

indigenous yeast

Harvest date

Sept. 22 – 27, 2016

Sugar

24.7 Brix average

Bottling date

August 2018

Release Date

November 2019

Total acid

6.2 g/L

pH

3.55

Blend

92% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

PASSION | BALANCE | HARMONY

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