Estate Grown, Oak Knoll District
This 2017 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.
Oak Knoll District
92% Knollwood, 8% Monticello Vineyard
Drink Now through 2031
Wine Profile & Ratings
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.
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points - Publishing September 2019
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.
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.
Decant 30 minutes prior to serving.
1,600 Cases; 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc