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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2007 Merlot

Because Merlot flourishes in relatively cool growing regions with moist soils, it’s extremely well-suited to the ancient alluvial loams, temperate climate, and long growing season of our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, a sweet spot between Napa’s warmer up-valley regions and its cool southern tip.

Vintage

  • 2007

Varietal

  • 85% Merlot
    12% Cabernet Sauvignon
    1% Malbec
    1% Cabernet Franc
    1% Petit Verdot

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 95% Main Ranch 5% Hillspring

Harvest

  • September 8 – October 24

Oak

  • 17 months in French and American

Alcohol

  • 14.5% by volume


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The Vintage

The 2007 growing season began with a dry, warm winter and spring, resulting in early budbreak, bloom and grape set. Low soil moisture curtailed foliage growth, ensuring the grape clusters enjoyed ample sunshine during a mild summer in which temperatures rarely reached 90 degrees. The cooler-than-normal weather fostered slow, even ripening, a relaxed, well-paced harvest, and wines with deeply concentrated, expressive flavors.

The Wine

Our Merlot bounds from the glass with a potpourri of ripe black cherry, plum compote, smoked meat, dried tomato, black olive, black tea and sweet vanilla aromas that preface a lush, round, lengthy palate of concentrated dark cherry, plum, cassis and pie spice flavors. Rich and complex, this is a Merlot to ponder and savor.

Food Affinities

Delicious with duck, barbecued chicken, cherry-glazed pork tenderloin, beef and lamb dishes, tomato-based pastas and black olive and mushroom pizza.

Accolades

93 Points “Easily one of the best napa Valley Merlots out there.”
_Editors’ Choice
Wine Enthusiast Magazine_

Very Highly Recommended ~ California Grapevine

 
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