Paradigm Estate Merlot 2016, Oakville, Napa Valley, California

2016 vintage – 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paradigm’s estate vineyards located in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley. “Our Merlot is well suited to the Oakville district of Napa Valley. The Merlot was fermented for 10 days on the skins with frequent pumpovers. To preserve the well structured berry flavors and full bodied fruit characteristics, the wine was aged for 22 months in French oak. This delicate balance allows the slight toasti-ness to present itself on the finish without taking the spotlight from the fruit.