2016 Merryvale Merlot Napa Valley
The Quail Knoll Coombsville Merlot fruit stayed in tank for 15 days and peaked at 88°F during fermentation. The Truchard Carneros Merlot spent 13 days in tank and reached 90°F during fermentation. Both wines underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was aged 17 months in French oak barrels (35% new from Cavin and Atelier Cooperage). The wine was blended in April of 2017 bottled without fining or filtration just under one year later.
Our Merlot is an occasion to showcase some of the best cool climate terroirs of Napa Valley. The fruit is drawn from the volcanic soils of Coombsville and Carneros in southern Napa where Merlot is at its best—soft, dark, spicy and fragrant. The wine opens with notes of mocha and spice typical of Merlot; the fragrance is very true to the varietal with aromas of blackberries, smoke and flowers. Initially the mouthfeel is very ample with soft texture, followed by a fresh mid palate and then ending on very soft and gentle tannins. Look for flavors of sage, black currant, pepper, anise and strawberries. This wine is very approachable thanks to a beautiful acidity and the very soft tannins. This is a Merlot for those who seek complexity and fragrance. Enjoy this wine at release and for the next 10 years.