Merlot Napa Valley 2018
About This Wine
On the nose: Soft, integrated red and black plums, boysenberries, violets, subtle earth, roasted herb notes
On the palate: Seamless, elegant fruit and toasted oak, balanced acidity, silky mouthfeel with a long, inviting finish
Blend: 92% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 30% barrel fermented in French oak, 50% new, 50% 1-yearold barrels; 70% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 20 months in French oak, 35% new, 65% 1-year-old barrels
2018 was a dream growing season and harvest for Napa Valley. An abundance of rain in February was followed by continuous days of sunshine and mild temperatures that made for uniform vines and even cluster growth. With no major heat spikes to contend with, there was no need to rush through harvest. Cooler temperatures allowed us to pick when we wanted, without stress and under optimal conditions. The gift from Mother Nature translated to wines that not only have great concentration but also an amazing freshness.