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Merlot Napa Valley 2017

Merlot Napa Valley 2017
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SKU: 17 ME

About This Wine

On the nose: Pomegranates, coffee grounds, cedar, cigar tobacco, black cherries, damp earth, hint of caramels

On the palate: Cherry, macerated strawberry, red licorice, bay leaf, dark chocolate, pork roast, grenadine, hint of leather, Earl Grey tea, slightly unripe banana, gooseberry, vanilla bean, raspberry jam

Wine Profile

Blend: 100% Merlot

Fermentation: 75% barrel fermented, 25% stainless steel tank fermented

Aging:  22 months in French oak, 70% new, 30% 1-year-old barrels 

Vintage Notes:

The 2017 growing season favored both the late-ripening and thicker-skinned grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but also provided ideal growing conditions for thinner skinned and earlier-ripening varietals, such as Merlot. With the main component for this wine again deriving from the steep slopes of Newton Vineyard on Spring Mountain, we have yet again crafted a wine that while supple and elegant in its core also has the complexity to warrant further aging in the cellar.

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Alcohol %
14.1

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