2016 Meritage, Napa Valley

Napa Valley
$55.00  |  Club Price $44.00
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Working with a number of varietals and vineyard brings enormous complexity to this wine. The 2016 Meritage opens with aromas of boysenberry, Bing cherry, and cassis. Rounding out the nose are delicate hints of cocoa powder and nutmeg. Petit Verdot shines though on the palate providing lush flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant and elderberry, all accented by a firm tannin structure. The Merlot rounds out the finish providing a feeling of soft velvet on the palate and finishes with sensuous flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, and rhubarb. The complementary nature of the components in this blend are sure to elevate any meal and will surely have you coming back for more.
280 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 52% Merlot, 47% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Technical Data: ALC: 14.2% by vol.; TA: 6.0 G/L; pH: 3.75
Cooperage: 100% French Oak Barrels (25% New)

The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand in the early mornings, over a period of several weeks. As each varietal and vineyard block achieves ripeness and phenolic development at different times, our winemaking team is able to produce a number of different components to craft this wine. Each lot was gently de-stemmed, and placed in either stainless steel tanks, or puncheons for fermentation. Twice daily pumpovers or punchdowns helps to carefully extract color and flavor from the grape skins. Post fermentation the wines were racked to 100% French Oak- a mixture of barrels and puncheons- 25% new where the wines underwent malolactic fermentation. All components of this wine were racked 3 times in their aging cycle. Monthly tastings from our winemaking team allowed them to craft a truly unique and intriguing blend.
The grapes for the 2016 Meritage were sourced from both Napa and Somona Counties, providing an intriguing comparison of the two growing regions. Our Napa County vineyard source is located in the Oak Knoll District. This AVA is located in the southern portion of Napa Valley, where relatively cooler temperatures mean grapes hang longer on the vines before reaching maturity. This slow and even ripening pattern grants the fruit optimal flavor development, and perfect phenolic ripeness. The fruit from Sonoma County is grown in Alexander Valley, which during the summer, daytime temperatures are hot and the climate is dry. However, large diurnal temperature swings assisted by the evening fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean preserves the grapes natural acidity as they ripen. Rocky, well-drained soils give these grapes the perfect conditions ripen evenly. The blend of these distinct fruit profiles is displayed in the wines perfect balance and elegant fruit complexity.
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a much cooler and foggier season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace and yields were a tad higher and the flavors are phenomenal.

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