2018 Merlot

$45 / 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

  • Wine Enthusiast 92

4.1

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

Ample rainfall in the spring recharged the soil profile and provided a strong start to the growing season. The weather during the summer featured consistent warmth and sunshine without any major heat spells. Cooler than average temperatures in August and September slowed the ripening process, providing long hang time and leading to complex flavor development. October was mostly dry and warmer than usual allowing us to pick each block at optimal ripeness. The harvest was complete before November and the start of an epic rainy season.

The Wine

Aromas of ripe raspberry and plum are layered with earthy spices of black pepper and tea leaves. Concentrated red fruit flavors are fresh and bright on the palate leading to expansive notes of spice and forest floor. The finish is well-rounded with balanced tannins and graceful acidity.

Food Affinities

Dishes with thyme or allspice enhance the beautifully fresh spice notes in this vibrant Merlot. Winery Chef Chris Kennedy suggests pairing it with savory cuisines like wood-fired wild mushrooms spiked with sage, Merlot-glazed barbecued chicken, or pepper-crusted grilled Ahi tuna.

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Accolades

92 POINTS
Wine Enthusiast
June 2020