2019 Merryvale Merlot Napa Valley
Sourced largely from vineyards located in the southern Napa Valley, the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted with each vineyard fermented separately. Temperatures peaked at 90°F during fermentation and the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was aged 21 months in 100% French oak barrels (50% new). The wine was blended in spring of 2021 and bottled without fining or filtration the following June.
Our Merlot is an occasion to showcase some of the best cool climate terroirs of Napa Valley. The fruit is drawn primarily 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 plums, violettes and baking spices. The palate shows great freshness and soft tannins, the hallmarks of a beautiful cool climate Merlot with a great drinkability, a great food wine. The wine is incredibly soft and pretty, with a balanced acidity. Drink now and over the next 10 years.