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Napa Valley 2019

Merlot

Napa Valley
New Release
$23.20 CLUB

Our Estate Vineyards provide the backbone to this vibrant Napa Valley Merlot. Aromas of plum jam and coffee emerge from the glass, enhanced by toffee and cedar notes from oak aging. Juicy black cherry flavors on the palate meld beautifully with a rich, velvety dark chocolate character on the long, round finish.

92 Pts, Tasting Panel Magazine, 2022
92 Pts, JamesSuckling.com, 2022

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Wine Specs

vintage

2019

Bottling Date

May 2022

Release Date

July 2022

Alcohol %

14.8

Acid

0.63 g/100 ml

pH

3.70

Varietal Composition

85% Merlot, 6% Petite Sirah,
4% Cabernet Sauvignon,
3% Syrah & 2% Malbec

Fermentation

96% Stainless Steel | 4% Barrel Fermented
15 Days Skin Contact

Aging

24 ½ Months in Oak Barrels
31% New Oak

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Vineyard Notes

Merlot blended from these esteemed vineyards:

  • Rockerbox – blueberry, spice, plums
  • Yountville Ranch – chocolate cherries
  • Hopper House – chewy, plum jam
  • Little Cannon – bright, lively cherry

Blended with:

  • Blended with: Petite Sirah – jammy mid-palate
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – added structure
  • Malbec – plush texture
  • Syrah – spice

 

“The 2019 harvest was long, mild and generous. Our vineyard crews patiently tended the vines, allowing for long, slow ripening that intensified color, structure and tannin. A slow and steady harvest let us take our time in the cellar as well, to fully capture the gorgeous varietal nuance and dense, dark character of this outstanding vintage.”

– KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • Long, warm summer with few heat spikes
  • Mild weather at harvest preserved freshness and finesse
  • Extended hang time
  • Exceptional fruit development offers dazzling color, structure and tannin maturity