Oberon Merlot 2001

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

$24.99
Item No. 87271
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Napa Valley's 2001 growing season experienced one of the longest bloom-to harvest periods in recent history. We began crushing the grapes August 8, one of the earliest onsets to harvest in 20 years. Then the weather changes and harvest became one of the longest in duration, with the last grapes picked at the end of October. Flavor maturity lagged behind sugar accumulation so we played a waiting game, delaying harvest until the flavor maturity caught up. We harvested these grapes from mid-September through October. The long hang-time on the vine resulted in rich flavors, exceptional balance and mature tannins in the Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

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As a third-generation winemaker and Napa Valley native, Rob Mondavi, Jr. has always understood that the region is uniquely suited for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. With the Oberon label - originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare's winsome comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream - he has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to...

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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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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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