2016 Merryvale Malbec Napa Valley
Drawn from three top Napa vineyards: Stagecoach, Hardman and Rancho Chimiles with each vineyard fermented separately in small tanks. Native fermentation started after a 5-day cold soak and reached a peak temperature of 90°F. The wines were pumped over a few times a day until dry and then pressed and drained to barrels where malolactic fermentation occurred. Aged in 50% new medium toast French oak barrels, the wine matured for 22 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The wine opens with aromas of abundant dark fruit such as plum, blackberry and cherries, with a touch of leather and graphite. In the mouth it starts with lively acidity that brings a freshness to the wine, then it evolves on soft tannins and a very velvety texture—already showing great! There is a lot of tension and drinkability with this wine at release so it can be enjoyed immediately. The blend is comprised of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc.