2017 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Saint Helena
Merryvale’s Estate Vineyard lies on an eastern ridge overlooking the Napa Valley at almost 1,000 feet of elevation. Planted in 1997, this vineyard consistently delivers grapes that stand out for their plush fruit character, complexity and silky tannins. The fruit was harvested at night in small picking lugs, then destemmed and double sorted at the winery. Each tank was gravity filled and the fruit was cold soaked for 5 days. Native yeast fermentation began after that and reached peak temperatures of 90°F. Pump-overs were done twice a day for a total maceration time between 15 to 21 days. The wines were then pressed and barreled down where malolactic fermentation occurred. We aged the wine for 22 months in 70% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Aromas of dried herbs, cocoa, and sandlewood explode from the glass, evolving into secondary notes of cassis, fig, and leather. Supple and layered on the palate, the wine becomes increasingly plush as it opens, with more tertiary notes amplified. There is a pleasurably rustic gaminess that complements the classic Cabernet notes. A bold wine from a warm vintage that still maintains balanced acidity and refined complexity. Pair with grilled meats, vegetables, or enjoy on its own for the next 10+ years.