2016 Limited Release Napa Valley Merlot
The 2016 Limited Release Napa Valley Merlot opens with aromas of Bing cherry, strawberry, blackberry and cedar. Jammy, ripe fruit flavors with lively acidity followed by velvety tannins and balanced finish.
The lean and rocky soils and constant temperature variation of Atlas Peak allows the Merlot grapes to have great concentration in flavor, color and powerful tannins. With the temperatures slightly cooler in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Merlot produces flavors of ripe black fruit, intense color and elegant tannin structure.
The 2016 vintage began with very little rain, bud break occurred between the end of February and early March. With warm and dry spring and early summer, the vines develop healthy canopies and fruit set was balanced. The growing season was lengthened due to cool summer. September had a few heat spikes to push fruit to optimal sugar levels. The 2016 vintage was very balanced and ideal for producing wines with excellent flavor and resolved tannins.
VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Merlot
APPELLATION: 77% Atlas Peak &
23% Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
AGING: 60% new French oak /20 months
ALCOHOL: 15 | TA: 0.55g/100ml | pH: 3.64