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District Series 2018

Merlot

Yountville District
Napa Valley
$44.00 CLUB

Ripe red fruit character mingles plum, currant and raspberry notes. Barrel spices come across rather exotically, centering on cardamom, vanilla and tobacco leaf. We find the Yountville District offers distinctly chalky tannins that aid in its ageability. Pair with an equally textured meal, such as butter-based herb-crusted steak, to achieve perfect gastronomical balance.

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

May 2021

Alcohol %

14.5%

Acid

0.62 g/100 ml

pH

3.54

Varietal Composition

100% Merlot

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermentation

Aging

20 Mo. French Oak
45% New
20 Barrels Produced

Vineyard Notes

  • Yountville District, Napa Valley
  • 100% Estate Grown:
    Yountville Ranch Vineyard
  • 100% GREEN LAND &
    GREEN WINERY certified
  • Clone selection:
    181 & Three Palms
  • Harvest dates:
    September 28-October 12, 2018
  • 24.8° Brix at Harvest

 

Our Yountville Ranch Vineyard stole my heart years ago.
How can anyone be surprised that grapes have been planted in this location for 150 years?

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