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This Merlot is loaded with bold aromas of violets, dried cherries, toasty oak, and spice. This is a Merlot of depth and dimension on the palate, offering rich, layered black fruit flavors interwoven with nuances of blueberry, pomegranate, vanilla and sweet tobacco. A velvety texture is framed by sturdy yet supple tannins on the finish.
Blend: 88% Merlot, 12% Petite Sirah
Youthful aromatics of fresh plum, blueberries, and brown sugar with hints of caramel and violets. Flavors consist of black cherry and other dark fruits with notes of vanilla from a combination of good French and American wood. The addition of Cabernet and Syrah brings a bit of blackberry and raspberry to the mix. Great acidity keeps the flavors hanging in the mouth well after the finish.
Blend: 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah
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Once again, the famed Three Palms Vineyard has yielded a fascinating and full-bodied Merlot. Luxurious aromas of black cherry, plum, raspberry, cedar, and wet slate rise from the glass where they mingle with hints of chocolate and sweet baking spices. On the palate, dusty tannins add nuance and sophistication to a round, fleshy texture, with flavors of black and red fruit, fig and iron-rich earthy notes drawing the wine to a long, resonant finish.
Blend: 91% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc,1% Petit Verdot
Winemaker Notes: Combining lovely structure and alluring appeal, this is a classic expression of Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Intense aromas of ripe cherry, plum and black fig rise from the glass, underscored by hints of leather and cedar. On the palate, it is lush and supple, with bright acidity and velvety tannins supporting layers of raspberry and black cherry, as well as hints of coffee and chocolate that carry through on the long finish.
Production Notes: Varietal Content: 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons); Age of Barrels: 40% New, 60% Neutral
The 2015 Keenan Merlot is composed of sixty eight percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Thirty two percent of the wine is Merlot fruit harvested from the Napa Carneros region. After hand harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed, then inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Fermentation ranged from ten to fourteen days.
The ‘15 Merlot has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a “big” Merlot that will age for many years to come.
This 2013 La Jota Merlot has complex notes of mocha, plum, blackberry and a little charcoal on the palate. Subtle, fine minerality gives way to a great velvety mouthfeel that lingers through the sustained finish.
Blend: 91.5 % Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Petit Verdot
Our Merlot vineyard is in the Oak Knoll region of the Napa Valley, and is nestled up to the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the west side of the valley. The mild climate and alluvial soils in this region lend this wine great balance and structure. The mild temperatures allow these grapes to develop bright aromatics and flavors, along with a beautiful natural acidity and elegance. The alluvial soils bring darker fruits to the nose and palate, and give this wine its structure and concentration. The 2018 vintage has a beautiful and complex nose – black cherry, boysenberry jam, plum, and fresh cut flowers come through first, then cardamom, nutmeg, and a touch of cocoa and vanilla enter giving the nose depth and intrigue. The palate too has great depth and complexity – flavors of red cherries, muddled berries, and dried herbs, with a creamy texture and silky tannin complimented by a fresh, vibrant acidity.
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Southern Wine and Spirits
Blend: 81% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
Southern Wine and Spirits
You don’t know what it wants and you’ve underestimated its character. But you can feel it watching your every move. A cunning presence lingers, like a thorn in your side. It isn’t going anywhere.
Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. It’s smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a mild toastiness. The finish is long with balanced acidity.
Aromas of black cherry, coffee, licorice, and creamy bright fruit. On the palate, chocolate-covered cherries, and hoisin sauce. Elegant, nuanced, texturally plush with velvety tannins
Blend: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Tasting Notes: Cherry red with intense aromas of spices and herbs such as thyme and bay leaf along with abundant ripe red fruits. Medium bodied, juicy, and very well balanced on the palate. Ideal with meatballs with tomato sauce, chicken wings, and pizza.
Vineyard: The grapes for this wine come from different Merlot vineyards in the Colchagua Valley with an average age of 15 years