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Merryvale Antigua Dessert Wine, 500ml

Merryvale Antigua Dessert Wine, 500ml
Wine Specs
Varietal
Muscat de Frontignan
Appellation
Napa Valley
Fermentation
Aged in French oak barrels
Residual Sugar
11%
Alcohol %
18
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SKU: 17MVMUANTG5006

Winemaking

The template for what is now our Antigua Dessert Wine was initially crafted at Beaulieu Vineyards by iconic Napa Valley winemaker André Tchelistcheff in the 1960s. Antigua is produced using the solera process, a system of fractional blending over a number of vintages—in this case, over decades.

In the late 1980s, Merryvale purchased the last barrels of wine Tchelistcheff initially crafted which was made from vintages 1970 to 1983. Using these barrels as the base, Merryvale began crafting the later vintages that comprise the Antigua solera. The must was partially fermented, and fermentation was arrested by the addition of fine pot-still brandy. Merryvale made this wine from vintages 1992 through 1997. Today, our Antigua solera is an average of 35 years old.

Tasting Notes

Golden/amber in color from its long aging in French oak, the wine is a complex combination of nuts and orange-peel aromas. Thick and rich in the mouth, the nuts and orange-peel theme continues from the entry through the long finish, highlighted by the many subtleties from the fine brandy and time in the barrel.

Wine Specs
Varietal
Muscat de Frontignan
Appellation
Napa Valley
Fermentation
Aged in French oak barrels
Residual Sugar
11%
Alcohol %
18
Wine Profile
Production Notes
100% Muscat de Frontignan from vintages 1970 to 1983 and 1992 to 1997