2017 Merlot

$0 / Bottle (750ml)

“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

  • Decaanter 91
  • Wine Enthusiast 90

4.1

A rare variety when we started, we included Merlot in our pioneering plantings in the late 1960s. Ever since, our belief in this venerable variety has held firm. Focusing on the balance between bright red fruit and dark earth, this wine displays remarkable intensity. Wrapped in a floral perfume and velvety tannins, it is also seductively complex and wonderfully food-friendly.

The Vintage

Record-breaking winter rains filled our reservoirs and recharged the soil. Spring and early summer were warm, leading to very strong growth in the vines. The rest of the summer was more typical with warm days and cool nights, providing perfect conditions for the developing grapes. Our yields for the season were slightly lower than average and the resulting wines are classic—with complex flavors and our signature brightness on the palate.

The Wine

Ripe plum, cherry, and red currant aromas are complemented by elegant undertones of bay leaf and cedar. An abundance of juicy red fruit flavors entice the palate with beautifully integrated layers of fresh herbs followed by cracked pepper and baking spice on the finish. Lush tannins and bright acidity make this a wine to enjoy now and for years to come.

Food Affinities

Winery Chef Chris Kennedy pairs our Estate Merlot with savory cuisine like his famous wood-fired mushroom pizza, Merlot glazed barbecued chicken or grilled ahi tuna. Chef suggests integrating thyme, rosemary or cracked black pepper in your dish to enhance the beautiful fresh spice notes in the wine.

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Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms

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Accolades

SILVER
91 POINTS
Decanter World Wine Competition
September 2020

92 POINTS
Sunset International Wine Competition
June 2020

91 POINTS
GOLD
Critics Challenge
June 2020

90 POINTS
Wine Enthusiast
April 2020