2016 Estate Grown Merlot
2016 Estate Grown Merlot
Monticello Vineyards
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This 2016 Estate Merlot has bright red berry aromas, cherry and raspberry, dried floral tones intertwined with hints of mocha, vanilla and cola. On the palate the wine is both relaxed and invigorating. There is a wonderful round mid-palate that is well-balanced on a beam of acidity. The framework of gentle tannins leads this wine into a lingering finish that is both full, yet bright. This elegant wine will age gracefully.


Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Oak Knoll District
Vineyard Designation
92% Knollwood, 8% Monticello Vineyard
Aging
Drink Now through 2031
Alcohol %
14.4
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine Profile & Ratings
Tasting Notes
This wine offers bright red cherry and raspberry aromas, accompanied by dried floral tones intertwined with hints of mocha, vanilla, and cola. On the palate, I find the wine supple and invigorating with a wonderful round midpalate that is well-balanced on a beam of acidity. The framework of gentle tannins leads into a lingering finish that is both full and bright.
Ratings
Wine Spectator 90 Points - Elegant and rich, with finely textured flavors of dried red currant, raspberry and plum. Brambly midpalate, with a finish that features chocolate mole and hoisin sauce notes. Drink now through 2023. 1,800 cases made. — KM
Awards
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points - Publishing September 2019
Vineyard Notes
The 2016 vintage represents another year of phenomenal quality wines from our vineyards and across Napa Valley. The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th. All of our wines were picked before then. The wines from 2016 are displaying ripe fruit, great structure and balance.
Production Notes
Our 2016 Merlot was hand-picked, the destemmed and berry-sorted on the crush pad. Fermentation lasted 12 days with the wine drained and pressed at dryness. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. The wine was aged in French Oak barrels for 24 months in 1/3 new French oak, 2/3 neutral oak.
Winemaker Notes
Decant 30 minutes prior to serving.
Production
1,600 Cases; 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc