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Trefethen Merlot 2016

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A deep ruby red color introduces a wine with layered aromas of black cherry, blackberry and baking spice. The palate opens with juicy red fruit, clove, and toasty oak. This Merlot is beautifully balanced with soft tannins and a luscious finish.

Delicious with duck, barbecued chicken, cherry-glazed pork tenderloin, tomato-based pastas and black olive and mushroom pizza. A dash of freshly ground black pepper over a dish creates a lovely combination.

Blend: 86% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec.

Critical Acclaim

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D 96
Decanter
Wonderfully plush fruit with red and dark cherries, bramble, chocolate, vanilla and cedar. Well integrated tannins, silky, real ageing potential.
JS 92
James Suckling

At once very ripe and lively with very attractive cherries and supple tannins that neatly fill out the full body, the finish smooth and long. Drink or hold.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

Thick and leathery in black fruit, this perennial classic from the region has a depth of flavor and texture that is structured and full of grace. Blended with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec, it shows toasty oak, clove and integrated tannins that soften in the glass.

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Trefethen Vineyards, California
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Built in 1886, John and Janet Trefethen began restoring what is today the Trefethen winery in 1973. A national historic landmark and the only wooden gravity-flow winery in the Napa Valley, Trefethen is also one of Napa's largest estate wineries, with its 600 acres of vineyards surrounding the winery. The Trefethen family creates Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling as well as limited quantities of Library Selection Chardonnay, Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Oak Knoll Wine

Napa Valley, California

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As one of Napa’s coolest sub-appellations, the area begs for diversity among its vineyards. Merlot and Chardonnay firmly compete with Cabernet Sauvignon for a place here. Some of Napa’s best Zinfandels also come from the Oak Knoll District.

Situated far in Napa’s southern end, Oak Knoll receives a strong cooling influence from both the San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Coast’s evening fog and breezes. Summer days are warm but on average ten degrees cooler than in St. Helena farther north up the valley; summer nights are chilly. A long growing season promotes for leisurely ripening of grape berries, resulting in an impressive balance of sugars, phenols and acidity.

Notable producers include Trefethen, one of the appellation’s oldest wineries, Robert Biale, legendary Zinfandel producer and Lewis Cellars, a family-run, hands-on establishment.

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With generous fruit and supple tannins, Merlot is made in a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol, where it is often blended with Cabernet Franc to spectacular result. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly in California’s Napa Valley. Somm Secret—As much as Miles derided the variety in the 2004 film, Sideways, his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc is actually a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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