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Trefethen Family Vineyards

2016 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

  • 2016

Varietal

  • 86% Merlot
    9% Cabernet Sauvignon
    5% Malbec

Appellation

  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Estate Vineyard

  • 100% Main Ranch

Harvest

  • September 15-October 19

Oak

  • 18 months, 44% new

Alcohol

  • 14.2%

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The Vintage

Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings, mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer. The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed fantastic character development.

The Wine

A deep ruby red color introduces a wine with layered aromas of black cherry, blackberry and baking spice. The palate opens with juicy red fruit, clove, and toasty oak. This Merlot is beautifully balanced with soft tannins and a luscious finish.

Food Affinities

Delicious with duck, barbecued chicken, cherry-glazed pork tenderloin, tomato-based pastas and black olive and mushroom pizza. A dash of freshly ground black pepper over a dish creates a lovely combination.

Accolades  

91 POINTS
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

California Grapevine
April 2019

“nicely balanced...hits the varietal mark with authority”
Connoisseurs‘ Guide to California Wine
April 2019



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