2010 Merryvale Merlot Napa Valley
77% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec
Our 2010 Napa Valley Merlot displays a variety of fruit notes from the darker end of the spectrum: black cherry, plum, blackberry, as well as some smoky and spicy notes from the oak. The palate is rich and round, with good acidity to maintain the overall balance.
Sourced mostly from the cooler, southern part of the Napa Valley, the fruit was hand-picked and triple-sorted before undergoing an extended cold soak, with 3 weeks on the skins. After primary fermentation and native malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 22 months in French oak (50% new) and minimally racked before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.