Textbook Napa Valley Merlot 2016
The Pey Family has created a Merlot that high quality with out 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. This Merlot comes from three blocks located within the famed Napa Valley AVA. Each site brings unique attributes and adds complexity. These sites showcase diverse gravelly and loam soils. The Oak Knoll lot brings backbone, sweet red fruit and tannins. The Oakville District Merlot lot showcases color and deeply textured, high-quality tannins. Hand picked and aged in 100% French oak (30% new) for 12 months.
90 points, Best of 2017 Issue - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and firm tannins. The finish is complex and spicy."- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Best of the Year 2017 13.2% alc.
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