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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2014 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

  • 2014

Varietal

  • 83% Merlot
    9% Malbec
    8% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 2-October 14

Oak

  • 18 months in 52% French
    26% American
    22% Hungarian

Alcohol

  • 14.1%

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The Vintage

The 2014 vintage was rather exciting. We feel very fortunate to have brought in such fantastic grapes in a year that was marked by severe drought and a significant earthquake here in Napa just as harvest began. The weather throughout the growing season was absolutely perfect, with our classic warm days and cool nights. We brought in grapes from each block as they reached ideal ripeness and have produced wines of truly exceptional quality.

The Wine

Our Merlot delights from the start with a lovely nose of dark cherry and plum. The aroma gives way to savory notes of black pepper, mushrooms and chocolate. The wine is lush and silky tannins back up a full, strong palate with great structure through the end.

Food Affinities

A few twists of a black pepper grinder over a dish or in a marinade creates a lovely combination with Merlot. This is a great choice for spaghetti with meatballs and any dish featuring milder meats.

Accolades  

GOLD (v. 2014)
San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge April 2017

GOLD-92 POINTS (v. 2014)
Winemaker Challenge January 2017

92 POINTS (v. 2013)
Wine Enthusiast September 2016

94 POINTS (v. 2013)
“Trefethen thankfully remains committed to this unfairly maligned grape, and continues to turn out some of the best examples in California...Those in the know always have some Trefethen Merlot stashed away for when their wine loving friends come around.”
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online March 2016

BEST MERLOT OF THE SHOW ~ 92 POINTS ~ PLATINUM (v. 2013)
Critics Challenge March 2016

92 POINTS (v. 2012)
James Suckling July 2015

90 POINTS (v. 2012)
Wine Enthusiast September 2015

91 POINTS ~ Very Highly Recommended
(v. 2012)
California Grapevine May 2015

BEST MERLOT OF THE SHOW ~ 94 POINTS ~ PLATINUM (v. 2012)
San Diego International Wine Competition
June 2015
Critics Challenge June 2015

GOLD (v. 2012)
TEXSOM International Wine Competition
February 2015

95 POINTS (v. 2012)
“Merlot is an important part of their portfolio, and it’s always one of the top California examples.”
Rich Cook, Wine Review Online January 2015

90 POINTS (v. 2009)
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel
January 2013

TOP TEN HOLIDAY WINES (v. 2009)
Gayot, December 2012

93 POINTS (v. 2007)
“Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots
out there.”
Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Vintage 2002 "...Reminds me of the best merlots produced in the Pomerol region of France..."
Bob Hosmon, Syndicated Columnist

Vintage 2001 "...reminiscent of the ethereal, merlot-based wines made by Christian Moueix in Pomerol..."
Ben Giliberti, Washington Post



Trefethen Family Vineyards
Trefethen Family Vineyards