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Rombauer Merlot 2016

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of fresh, ripe blueberries, ripe plum, and black currant intertwine with notes of cedar, vanilla, and pie crust. This medium-bodied wine is plush with flavors of plums, blueberries, and figs up front, leading to juicy red fruit on the mid-palate. Delicious now, its depth and structure provide long cellaring potential.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2016 Rombauer Vineyards Merlot is true-to-type. TASTING NOTES: This wine is stylish, well-built, and impeccably balanced. Its energetic aromas and flavors of red cherries and underlying notes oak should pair it well with grilled veal chops. (Tasted: March 13, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
JS 90
James Suckling

Lots of violets and dark berries with some flowers. Medium to full body. Round and soft tannins. Very attractive merlot for current drinking. Drink now.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Concentrated red currant and raspberry flavors feature minty hints in this spicy, glistening style. Flinty notes complement white pepper accents on the finish. Drink now through 2022.

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Rombauer Vineyards is a Napa Valley based, family-owned winery founded in 1980 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer. Dedicated to providing gracious hospitality, the Rombauer family and staff take pride in creating joyful moments for their customers across the country and at their Napa Valley and Sierra Foothills tasting rooms. Rombauer owns and sustainably farms over 670 acres of vineyards in Carneros, Atlas Peak, Stags Leap, St. Helena, Calistoga, and the Sierra Foothills. Rombauer’s Chardonnays, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blanc are beloved by wine enthusiasts around the world.

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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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