Merryvale Merlot 2017
The Merlot is an occasion to showcase some of the best cool climate terroirs of Napa Valley. The fruit is drawn 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 mocha and spice typical of Merlot; the fragrance is very true to the varietal with aromas of blackberries, smoke and flowers. Initially the mouthfeel is very ample with soft texture, followed by a fresh mid palate and then ending on very soft and gentle tannins. Look for flavors of sage, black currant, pepper, anise and strawberries. This wine is very approachable thanks to a beautiful acidity and the very soft tannins. This is a Merlot for those who seek complexity and fragrance. Enjoy this wine at release and for the next 10 years.
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A big, strapping style, with plenty of loamy accents to the dark olive and roasted plum flavors, graced by tarry hints. Peppery details show on the brooding, tannic finish, revealing slate elements.
A 100% varietal wine, with a touch of reduction, this opens in grippy black and red currant and sinewy texture, the tangy fruit seasoned in sage and cedar. Full bodied, it offers intensity and a lasting touch of toasted oak.
Merryvale is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through conservation, renewable energy and sustainable farming practices at our three estate vineyards. Merryvale has received Napa Green Vineyard, Napa Green Winery and Bay Area Green Business certifications.
As Napa Valley’s third most planted grape, Napa Valley Merlot shows time and time again its potential to produce exceptional results. Napa’s vaunted combination of climate, soil and the human factor of winemaking expertise lead to big, ripe, cellar-worthy and world-class versions.
Whether made by itself in single varietal bottlings or as an important role in Bordeaux Blends, Merlot continues a prominent role in this famous region. While Cabernet typically takes the lead role, Merlot’s contribution—even at 10% to 20% or so—is significant indeed. Often described as “the flesh on Cabernet’s bones,” Merlot lends a soft, round and plush character that beautifully complements Cabernet’s linear, full-throttle structure. Its flavors of plums plus subtle herbs and mint also dovetail nicely with Cabernet’s blackberry and cassis.