Textbook Napa Valley Merlot 2018
The Pey Family has created a Merlot of high quality without the price tag. Superb sites in the renowned Napa Valley AVA highlight the world-class pedigree of this release. Classic Bordelaise winemaking (handwork in Napa Valley vineyard, modest use of new French oak barrels, egg-white fining) partnered with a touch of Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon provides a richly textured and balanced result. Hence the name "Textbook", clearly this is modeled after the famed Merlot of the Bordeaux Right Bank.
Originally brought to the United States in the 1850’s from Pomerol by Antoine Delmas, Merlot is, at its best, a textured wine capable of great power and elegance. two blocks located within the famed Napa Valley AVA. Each site
brings unique attributes (both gravelly soils and loamy soils) that add complexity. The Oak Knoll lot brings backbone, sweet red fruit and tannins. The Yountville district Merlot lot showcases color and subtle, high-quality tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon fraction adds power and “grip”. Together, they all complete a wonderful package. Exemplary sustainable farming practices are employed in these sites and after veraison unevenly ripened bunches were hand-culled which reduced yield to about 6 pounds per vine (@ 3.1 tons/acre). Hand picked and aged in 100% French oak (35% new) for 14 months. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
90 points Wine Enthusiast Editor's Choice
Intensely perfumed, structured and filled with a refined richness to the cherry, plum tart and dried raspberry flavors that glide across the palate. The balance finish is filled with subtle notes of sandalwood and allspice. 13.3% Alc.
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