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PlumpJack Merlot 2015

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750ML / 15% ABV
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750ML / 15% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 vintage gave the PlumpJack Merlot aromas of velvety raspberry, bright blackberry, sweet plum, white flowers and wild mushroom crostini. The barrels sprinkle in campfire s’mores and warming spices. The palate is delicate upon entry and crescendos to full-bodied and rich on the mid-palate. The bright acid and beautiful structure give this wine great tension, relentless balance and persistence on the finish. Bright acid and beautiful structure give this wine great tension, relentless balance and persistence on the finish that concludes with warm cocoa and fresh vanilla.

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JS 91
James Suckling

A chewy merlot with lots of ripe tannins and plenty of berry and hazelnut character. Full and rich but not overdone.

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Merlot, which is in bottle, has a slightly denser ruby/purple color, far more appeal, with deeper, richer, sweeter fruit, a lot more sucrosity, plenty of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a hint of white chocolate and a heady finish. Both of these are 100% Merlot, but the 2015 is head and shoulders above the 2014.
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PlumpJack Winery, California
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PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley's renowned Oakville region, surrounded by a 42-acre estate vineyard highly-regarded for the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Both their winery building and their vineyard date back to the 1800s, when winemaking pioneers first took advantage of a unique position on the valley floor. The east side of their vineyard lies along the foothills of the Vaca mountain range and yields grapes with the kind of bold fruit character that comes from well-drained hillside soils. To the west, their estate lies in the Napa River flood zone. Here, their vines take root in rich, deep clay soild, for grapes with softer, more supple varietal character. From their oldest, rockiest section - the "I" Block, where they source their Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - to more recent plantings, they strive to maintain balanced vines.

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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.

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