Merlot Napa Valley 2015
About This Wine
On the nose: cedar, white pepper, pine bark with touches of cherry candies, blueberries with hints of paprika
On the palate: fresh balanced entrance with a nice acidity lingering on fresh cut boysenberry, raspberry with touches of red cherry, grapefruit
Blend: 100% Merlot
Fermentation: 70% barrel fermented, 30% stainless steel tank
Aging: 20 months in 100% French oak; 80% new, 20% 1-year-old barrels
The saying of big things come in small packages is true when it comes to the 2015 vintage. While the yields were low, the quality was high. The growing period began with uncommonly warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring which resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Alpha Omega started and completed harvest the earliest in its history. The beauty of this vintage is that a limited number of 100+-degree days bolstered the fruits’ concentration and power. The vintage left us with a round, voluptuous profile, which we complemented by extracting plenty of tannin to support it. The results are very complex and full wines.