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Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot

2011 Napa Valley Merlot

Tasting Notes

2011 Wine Spots Napa Valley Merlot is an elegant wine. Sweet cherry and plum aromas are accented by hints of vanilla, fine herbs and aged leather. French oak aging in small barrels emphasizes the fruit flavors of cherry, plum and blackberries and adds hints of toasty oak. This is a classic example of Napa Merlot with supple tannins and a lingering finish.
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Food Pairings

Enjoy with poultry, red meat, grilled salmon, duck, seared tuna, mushroom dishes.
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Regional Notes

Though small in size, the Napa Valley consists of 14 appellations with unique micro-climates and varying soils, offering ideal winemaking conditions. The fruit for the 2011 Merlot was sourced from the acclaimed Rutherford and Oakville appellations of Napa Valley.
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Vintage Notes

The 2011 vintage was an excellent year with none of the stress of the previous harvest. The growing season offered mild, steady weather, resulting in bright fruit with pure varietal character and ripeness without excessive sugar. Even thought there were heavy storms during harvest season, the grapes were unaffected by the rain.

Winemaking Notes

Harvest occurred at the beginning of September through October, allowing the grapes to develop deep fruit intensity. The grapes were stainless steel fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels and underwent malolactic fermentation and then racked prior to bottling.

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Accolades

89 Points, Silver Medal

89 Points
"Ruby color. Aromas of powdered plum tart and chocolate nut with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy blood orange and earth accented finish with nutskin-like tannins. Good varietal character."
- Beverage Testing Institute, March 2014

Silver Medal Winner

Silver Medal
- 2014 World Wine Championships

Silver Medal Winner

Silver Medal
- 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition


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