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Merlot

Yountville Ranch Vineyard
Yountville District, Napa Valley
$52.00 CLUB
1 of 18 Barrels

Crafted from a single parcel on our Yountville estate ranch, this dark and mysterious Merlot invites you to explore aromas of melted milk chocolate and brambly blackberry. Lush, jammy black fruit notes meld with dense, chewy tannins on a luxurious palate. A hint of brightness on the finish is a testament to this wine’s capacity to further age in bottle.

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Merlot bottle with logo of a man behind a cannon visible, along with a small signature.

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

October 2021

Alcohol %

14.50%

Acid

0.55/100 mls

pH

3.51

Varietal Composition

100% Merlot
Clone 181

Fermentation

100% Stainless Steel Fermentation
9 days skin contact

Aging

20 mo. In French Oak (67% new)

MARKHAM TASTING VIDEO

Kimberlee Nicholls on the 2018 Yountville Ranch Vineyard Merlot

Vineyard Notes

  • 100% Estate Grown: Yountville Ranch Vineyard
  • Yountville District, Napa Valley
  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & GREEN WINERY certified
  • Clonal Selection: 181
  • Soil type: Coombs Gravelly Loam
  • Harvest date: 10/8/18

 

After walking row after row of our Yountville Ranch Vineyard, I selected a single Merlot clone (181) on a north- facing block. Here the vines produced the smallest berries and most intense flavor, offering an exceptional expression of the vintage and terroir.

KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Winemaking Notes

  • This site is low-vigor, forcing vines to create deep roots.
  • Care was taken to fine tune crop load to maximize color and concentration.
  • 18 barrels of Merlot were hand-selected for this limited bottling.
  • The wine was aged 20 months in French Oak, 67% new.