J. McClelland Cellars
50 Harvests Napa Valley Red Meritage
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Lush aromatics highlighted by rhubarb, red cherry and ripe plum. Multiple layers of flavor including red fruit notes that grace the palate with broad, well balanced and complex traces of citrus in the back.
The color is a beautiful shade of crimson that leads to a nose of bright red berries and cranberry. The palate exhibits a supple mouthfeel supported by sweet tannins and a backbone of complementary acidity with flavors of red and blue berries accented by notes of minerality and spice. A lingering finish is framed by integrated tannins and fruit with underlying acidity serving to create length, subtle power and complexity.
The deep garnet hue hints at the body and flavor complexity to follow. Nuanced aromas of raspberries, white pepper, anise, and dark chocolate are followed by bountiful flavors including raspberries and earth, with hints of vanilla and spice. The medium bodied release carries just enough tannin to make it a great pairing with marbled cuts of meat and rich hard cheeses.
Deep purple-ruby natural color abounds. River stone minerality, black pepper, currants and black rose notes fill the aromatic profile. Flavors cross a broad spectrum of fruits: dense currants blackberries, black plums with rhubarb and peppercorns, well centered and big structured yet with a surprising suppleness on the mid-palate. It finishes long, spicy and firm with some ripe tannins.
Our Grandfather brought his family to California just in time for the 1963 Harvest. A half century later, we released 50 Harvests to commemorate this milestone and launch our next 50 years as a family owned and operated wine company. With the 2017 vintage, we added an elegant White Meritage Blanc to complete the 50 Harvests portfolio in the traditional Old-World style. A pale golden straw color leads into an intriguing nose of wild honey, white floral and white peach notes. On the palate lemon and subtle herbs accent a stony minerality and nectarine flavors support the firm structure and pleasant mouthfeel. The brightness of the Sauvignon Blanc and continuing developing complexity of the Semillon completes the balanced expression of a classic medium full-bodied Bordeaux-style white blend. The overall sense of the palate is one of elegance and grace driven by the urge to enjoy another sip. Expect this wine to age like a red wine for more than a decade.
Rustic spice and briary fruit aromatics. Brawny with red and black fruits of pomegranate and currants accented with an earthy mineral note and subtle herb spiciness that reveals a wine with layers of complexity. It has brightness, depth and richness with a long finish. Fun with pizza, pasta or burgers.