Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2005

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

$19.99
Item No. 100331
  • red wine
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Lush aromas and silky flavors of ripe black cherry, plum, mocha and spice distinguish our Napa Valley Merlot. The expansive fruit flavors, structured with fine, integrated tannins, persist through the lingering finish. This wine makes a delicious complement to many entrées, especially lamb shish kebabs, steak smothered in mushrooms and roast duck with cherry sauce. Mellow aged cheddars and nutty, dry jacks are perfect foils for the rich Merlot flavors. After the grapes were destemmed and crushed, we fermented the must in stainless steel tanks until dry. We then pressed and transferred the vineyard-lot wines to small oak barrels coopered with American, French and Hungarian oak to achieve an array of oak spices.

Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor blended the young Merlot wines together, choosing from different Napa Valley terroirs to create a graceful, balanced blend with layers of complex flavors. He added a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance the Merlot's structure.

Learn About Beaulieu Vineyard Map ItMap It

The deep roots of Beaulieu Vineyard were first planted back in 1900, when founder Georges de Latour noticed similarities with his native Bordeaux and declared the Napa Valley ideal for winemaking. Planting vineyards in Rutherford with grafted, phylloxera-resistent French vines, the Cabernet Sauvignon that de Latour crafted from these grapes gave the world a taste of California's...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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