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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2015 FHB Merlot

Vintage

  • 2015

Varietal

  • 100% Merlot

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 5-17

Oak

  • 21 months, 58% new

Alcohol

  • 14.4%

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The Vintage

With a warm spring, the vines got off to an early start. The weather turned cool during bloom which impacted fruit set and resulted in fewer grapes per cluster. The size of the crop was further reduced as the dry soils, from a lack of late rains, led to smaller grapes. The weather was warm throughout the summer leading right into one of our earliest harvests ever. The resulting wines are fantastic as the smaller grapes and fine weather contributed to ideal ripeness with very concentrated flavors.

The Wine

“F·H·B” is code for Family Hold Back—a special designation for some of our favorite lots. The aroma on this unique Merlot includes notes of dark plum and a rich smokiness. On the palate, silky tannins lead into a savory sage finish.

Food Affinities

Great with prime rib and lighter gamey dishes such as duck and quail. Side dishes should include mushrooms or mushroom based sauces.

Vintages 2015 2014 2013 2012


Trefethen Family Vineyards
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