Cakebread Cellars Merlot 2013, Napa Valley California


Cakebread Cellars Merlot 2013, Napa Valley California

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The fruit that serves as the backbone for the 2013 Napa Valley Merlot comes from an exciting estate vineyard at the southern end of the Napa Valley called the Suscol Springs Vineyard. The vines struggle in rocky Hambright outcrop soils planted on steep hillsides with a southern exposure. The challenge of growing here, however, pays dividends in fruit quality. These blocks produce grapes with distinctive, true-to-varietal flavors, bright acidity, and a muscular structure that is ideal for aging. Vineyard lots were fermented in a mix of small closed and open-top stainless steel tanks, pumping the juice over the cap in order to fully extract color, flavor and tannin from the skins. The wine was transferred to French oak barrels, 36% new and aged for 6 months before blending. The blended wine aged in barrel 9 months. Fragrant ripe black cherry, red plum and blackberry aromas, complemented by whiffs of black tea, oak and chocolate, introduce this bold, beautifully structured merlot. Rich and plump on the palate with lush cherry, plum and red currant flavors framed by firm, yet fine-grained tannins, it culminates in a long finish accented by zesty tea-leaf spice tones.

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