2013 Merlot, Napa

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List Price: $34.00
$34.00
Remember Sideways? Miles lied. This is Merlot at its best, offering rich berry fruit, round tannins, and lingering complexity. Pair with roasted meats: beef, veal, or lamb, particularly when cooked with thyme or rosemary.
Description

2013 Merlot, Napa

Remember Sideways and protagonist Miles' rants about not EVER drinking Merlot? Well, Miles lied: the special bottle in the last scene was highly regarded, Merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend. Nonetheless, with the influence of just one movie, Merlot became uncool. Which is unfortunate, because when Merlot is good, it's delightful: fruity, round, structured, and elegant.

Our '13 Merlot is just that: a classic with rich red raspberry jam and berry fruit, baking spice, and toast with a hint of tobacco on the finish.Tannins are soft, round, and elegant, complemented by just a tiny touch of oak.

VINTAGE NOTES

2013, like 2012, was noted for beautiful weather and optimal growing conditions. Full sun paired with cool Napa evenings brought mature flavors with mouthwatering crispness.

 

Appellation:

Napa

 

Blend:

100% Merlot

 

Alcohol:

14.9%

 

TA:

0.65g/100 mL

 

Residual Sugar:

<0.10%

 

pH:

3.4

 

Malolactic

Complete

 

Fermentation:

 

 

 

Barrel Aging:

28 months in 1-2 year old French oak barrels

 

Harvest Date:

September 10, 2013

 

Brix at Harvest

24.5o

 

Bottling Date:

February 15, 2016

 

Release Date:

November 1, 2016

 

Cases Produced:

120

THE VINEYARD

The Napa appellation features many diverse microclimates. This Merlot vineyard is at the south end of the valley floor in the Oak Knoll district--an area that is cooler than other regions and ideal for growing grapes that offer mouth-watering acidity with soft, elegant tannins.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Merlot is perfection for roast meats--beef, veal, or lamb, especially when cooked with thyme or rosemary--but can turn a juicy burger into a special event. Don’t forget the roast vegetables; Merlot’s bright fruit is a lovely complement to carmelized veggies of any sort.

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