2015 Merlot 1.5L

$115 / Magnum (1.5L)

“Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots out there.”- Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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“Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots out there.”- Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Scores

  • Wine Enthusiast 93

4.6

Merlot flourishes in relatively cool growing regions with moist soils, making it an ideal match for certain parts of our estate vineyard, located in the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley, a sweet spot between warmer up-valley regions and the cool southern tip.

The Vintage

With a warm spring, the vines got off to an early start. The weather turned cool during bloom, impacting fruit set and resulting in fewer grapes per cluster. The size of the crop was further reduced as the dry soils, from the lack of late rains, led to smaller grapes. Warm weather during the summer kept the vines running early, 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

This Merlot sets the standard for elegance with a perfume of red fruits and earthy notes and flavors of raspberry, plum and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is silky yet bright, a classic Trefethen.

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.

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Accolades

99 POINTS
DOUBLE GOLD
BEST OF CLASS
California State Fair Wine Competition
April 2018

93 POINTS
Wine Enthusiast
July 2018

91 POINTS
The Tasting Panel
April 2018

BEST OF CLASS
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
January 2018