Boysenberry, baker’s chocolate and black truffle suffused with sterling rose and lifted floral sweetness, this 2019 Merlot is rapturous. Juicy and aromatic with a touch of briar and native acidity the wine is fine-limbed, fragrant, and fresh through the finish.
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I loved the 2019 Merlot from this team. It’s a big, fleshy, opulent effort with a deep plum/purple color, loads of black cherry, cassis, and blackberry fruits, some chocolate oak, full-bodied richness, and sweet tannins. This mouth-filling, ripe, balanced Merlot is going to put a smile on your face any time over the coming decade.
In 1992 Debbie and Randy Lewis established a small family winery in Napa Valley and were later joined by their son Dennis in 1999. Total production is approximately 9,000 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
They are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution, and they thrive on this challenge and the relationships they ultivate in the process. It is their continuing goal to create world-class wines.
As Napa Valley’s third most planted grape, Napa Valley Merlot shows time and time again its potential to produce exceptional results. Napa’s vaunted combination of climate, soil and the human factor of winemaking expertise lead to big, ripe, cellar-worthy and world-class versions.
Whether made by itself in single varietal bottlings or as an important role in Bordeaux Blends, Merlot continues a prominent role in this famous region. While Cabernet typically takes the lead role, Merlot’s contribution—even at 10% to 20% or so—is significant indeed. Often described as “the flesh on Cabernet’s bones,” Merlot lends a soft, round and plush character that beautifully complements Cabernet’s linear, full-throttle structure. Its flavors of plums plus subtle herbs and mint also dovetail nicely with Cabernet’s blackberry and cassis.