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Atalon Merlot 2005

Merlot from Napa Valley, California
  • ST 88
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Winemaker Notes

An elegant Merlot that is sourced mostly from different vineyards on Howell Mountain and punctuated with some Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap. This wine yields harmonious layers of complexity and plump, lush fruitiness. A classic Merlot.

Critical Acclaim

ST 88
International Wine Cellar

Good medium red. Seems a bit riper on the nose than the Keyes Vineyard merlot, offering dark plum, milk chocolate and graphite along with a lightly herbal character. Then sweeter and finer-grained in the mouth, with good mineral lift to the plum flavor. Not especially deep but easier to taste today than the Keyes example, thanks in part to suppler tannins.

Atalon, Napa Valley, California
The soul of the Atalon story is a ghost winery dating back to 1888. Built by General W.S. Keyes, the white-stone building atop Howell Mountain claims a stake in Napa Valley viticultural lore. At the turn of the twentieth century, General Keyes was producing wines considered to be among the best in Napa County from this old landmark.

The famed Howell Mountain property was acquired by the Jackson family in 1996 and renamed the Keyes Vineyard... View More