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2015 Merryvale Merlot
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.
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.