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District Series 2018

Merlot

Oak Knoll District
Napa Valley
$44.00 CLUB

With bright red cherry, white shortbread and dried blueberry fruit, Oak Knoll Merlot is chewy and intense in a way that demands your attention. Enjoy a bottle to celebrate the place where Merlot first grew in Napa Valley — and still shines today — with an array of grilled sausages and crusty bread.

ACCESS WINEMAKER NOTES

Markham District Series Merlot

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

May 2021

Alcohol %

14.8%

Acid

0.63 g/100 ml

pH

3.63

Varietal Composition

100% Merlot

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermentation

Aging

21 Mo. French Oak
43% New
16 Barrels Produced

Vineyard Notes

  • Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
  • 100% Estate Grown:
    Little Cannon Vineyard
  • 100% GREEN LAND &
    GREEN WINERY certified
  • Clone selection:
    3 & 181
  • Harvest dates:
    September 24-27, 2018
  • 25.1° Brix at Harvest

Cooled by the bay, Merlot grapes ripen slowly at our Little Cannon Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District providing complex, layered and distinctive cherry fruit character.

KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • Verasion was three weeks late, followed by a temperate summer
  • This vintage was preordained in Spring of 2016 when the vines set their 2018 crop load, storing away nutrients to produce higher than normal yields
  • Care was taken to fine tune crop load to maximize fruit intensity
  • After brief rains, fall heat ushered in harvest