Merlot from Napa Valley, California
Merlot from Napa Valley, California

Oberon Napa Valley Merlot 2018 - 750mL - Red Wine

Your Price: $21.99
Part Number:7739700083
Winemakers Notes:
Varietals: Merlot 83.72%, Syrah 12.26%, Other varieties 4.02%
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 18 months in French oak
Wine Stats: Alcohol 13.7%, pH 3.79, TA 5.64 g/l
 
An exceptional blend of Napa Valley Merlot grapes selected specifically for their concentrated character provides layers of ripe blueberry and plum flavors complemented by aging in French oak barrel and a velvety texture.
 
With minimal frost in the spring, and relatively few hot spells in the summer and fall, the 2009 growing season in Napa Valley was mild, allowing for a long, slow ripening season and an easygoing start to the picking. However, cool weather, and then dramatic rain showers, in late October interrupted harvest, but patience and careful monitoring of the vineyards allowed us to deftly work around the rains and still pick at optimum maturity. Overall, tonnage increased from 2008 to be of more average size, and harvest wrapped up by the end of October.
 
To naturally soften tannins and enhance varietal complexity, Tony gave the wine an extended maceration. He then pressed the wine and transferred it to French oak barrels (45% new oak) to undergo a long malolactic fermentation for roundness and depth. Blending in the Syrah added interesting nuances to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

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