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2015 Merryvale Merlot

2015 Merryvale Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Quail Knoll and Truchard
pH
3.6
Aging
18 Month, 40% New French oak
Fermentation
Native
Alcohol %
15
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SKU: 15MVMENAPV7506

Winemaking

Sourced from two vineyards located in the cooler, southern part of the Napa Valley—Coombsville and Carneros—the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted with each vineyard fermented separately. Fermentation started after 5 days of cold soak. We heated the tanks to 90°F and let fermentation start naturally; no yeasts were added. After 15 and 20 days of maceration, each lot was drained and pressed separately then aged 18 months in French oak barrels (40% new from Allier and center of France forest with medium long toast, the rest once and twice used). The wine was racked twice before being bottled without fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes

2015 was a very rich vintage with plenty of sunny days, emphasizing the importance of cool sites and the balance they can bring in a warm, dry year. The rocky soil of Quail Knoll vineyard in Coombsville brings a Merlot with spice, color and mouthfeel while the Truchard vineyard produces a very old world style of Merlot. The wine opens on the nose with balsamic notes, raspberry, savory herbs like oregano and a touch of dark oak showing the youth of the wine. In the mouth it is very fresh, thanks to a present acidity but also very smooth showing a great balance between weight, acidity and tannins. Flavors of red fruit such as fresh cherries, raspberry and strawberry jam and beautiful cacao notes typical of the varietal are displayed on the finish. Enjoy this wine at release and for the next 10 years.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Quail Knoll and Truchard
pH
3.6
Aging
18 Month, 40% New French oak
Fermentation
Native
Alcohol %
15
Wine Profile
Production Notes
100% Merlot