Stylishly sincere and powerful, the 2016 Merlot initiates the senses with initial aromas that emphasis plum, black cherry, crème de cassis, humus, and tobacco. Full bodied, plentiful and complete flavors embrace the palate and echo the relationship of fruit and earth that ultimately finishes with plush tannins that are liberal and lasting
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 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.