2013 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Drawn from three top Napa vineyards; Kenefick Ranch, Salvador and Rancho Chimiles, our Cabernet Sauvignon is handpicked and undergoes a triple sorting upon arrival at the winery. The grapes then undergo an extended maceration and a long, cool fermentation for increased flavor, color and aroma. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels, the wine matures for 22 months before being deemed ready for release. Our Napa Cabernet bottling is always blended with other Bordeaux varietals for their added aromatic and balanced tannin contributions.
A quintessential Napa Cabernet, this wine is rich and dark in the glass. Aromas of blackberry and faint dried herb waft up from the rim towards you. Upon tasting, the wine has a broad and pleasant entry, moving to a focused and weighty mid palate with notes of cassis, toast and graphite. A lengthy finish shows well proportioned tannin that will gain even more complexity as time passes. With proper cellaring, this wine will drink beautifully for the next 15 years.