2017 Waterstone Merlot

Year: 2017
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :

94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc

Winery Notes:
Abundant winter rains refreshed groundwater supplies and led to a cool, mild spring of 2017; an unusual hailstorm in June had little affect on the crop. The summer brought warmer temperatures, leading to 90% of the valley's harvest before the wine country wildfires started on October 8. The vintage is being described as opulent, velvety, concentrated, dense and posessing layers of depth.

The backbone of this Merlot is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, where 85% of the grapes are sourced from a relatively cool region. The balance of Merlot fruit is sourced from the Sunseri Vineyard in Chiles Valley, adding layers of bright fruit to the palate. The small berry clusters and intense fruit from lowyielding vines create a wine with full flavor and longevity. Both vineyards are under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage.

Vineyards were hand-picked at the peak of maturity. Following harvest, the grapes were gently crushed and fermented. The wines were then aged in small French oak barrels with extended lees contact for 22 months. 31% new barrels were used to maintain maximum fruit flavors with just a hint of toasty oak.

Tasting Notes:
Aromas of black cherries and ripe raspberries mingle with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, and spicy oak. The palate is fresh and full-bodied with plush tannins and a long finish.