2014 Merryvale Merlot, Napa Valley
2014 offered excellent ripening conditions—perfect temperatures and just the right amount of light to allow the Merlot to ripen slowly. We were able to bring incredible fruit into the cellar with beautiful acidity that will maintain the freshness of this wine for many more years. The tannins are very soft and fine grained, demonstrating the texture and complexity of this wine and showcasing the delicate nature of Merlot. Enjoy this wine at release and for the next 5 to 10 years.
Sourced mostly from the cooler, southern part of the Napa Valley, the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted before undergoing an extended cold soak, with two weeks on the skins. After primary fermentation and native malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak (50% new) before being bottled without fining.