Nose

The 2018 Napa Cellars Merlot boasts aromas of plum and black cherry, sweet espresso, rose petal, dried herbs and bergamot on the nose.

Palate

Flavors of dark berry flavors with treacle, tobacco, vanilla and toasted caramel notes dance on the juicy palate.

Growing Conditions

Grapes for the 2018 Napa Cellars Merlot are sourced from vineyards mainly from the mid-southern parts of Napa Valley, including Oak Knoll, along with a small portion from St. Helena and Carneros. These regions are ideal for cultivating Merlot grapes with moderate to cool climates that support a extended growing season, resulting in elegant, intricate, complex and balanced wine.

Harvest

Grapes for the 2018 Napa Cellars Merlot are sourced from vineyards mainly from the mid-southern parts of Napa Valley, including Oak Knoll, along with a small portion from St. Helena and Carneros. These regions are ideal for cultivating Merlot grapes with moderate to cool climates that support a extended growing season, resulting in elegant, intricate, complex and balanced wine.

Winemaking

Once harvested, the grapes underwent a 10 to 16 day maceration period and were fermented using the délestage method. This process allows the winemaker to extract copious amounts of color and flavor from the skins, while avoiding excessive extraction of bitter and astringent flavors.

Aging

After the fermentation process completed, the wine was aged for 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, 36% of which were new.