2018 TEXTBOOK Napa Valley Merlot

$27

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80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a traditional California Merlot sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Oak Knoll district. The wine is lush and full of ripe black and blue fruit, dried herbs and caramel with silky tannins. The touch of Cab gives this wine structure and a long finish. 

 

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Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon’s perfect match! A somewhat unappreciated superstar black grape, Merlot is excellent as a blending partner, as well as a stand-alone varietal. Offering luscious, often plum, smokey or chocolatey flavors, and a full body, Merlot can achieve great richness. This luxuriousness is what allows Merlot and Cabernet to blend so well. You can often find Merlot in a Bordeaux blend, but with the right hands, it can be shaped into a really exciting varietal.

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon is “King.”  The valley itself in Northern California is not very big, but it is home to some of the most expensive and prestigious vineyards in California. Napa is separated from Sonoma and Central Coast by two sets mountain ranges: the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Mountains to the east. Being in a valley, this region can heat up pretty quickly. However, there are cooling influences like fog and ocean breezes from the San Pablo Bay that help to moderate the temperature within the valley. With more heat comes more concentrated, fuller-bodied wines, making this the perfect place for Cabernet Sauvignon. Other primary red grapes of focus are Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. The principal white varieties to look for here are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You may also find Pinot Noir in the more southerly area of Los Carneros AVA where it can get cool enough to produce high-quality Pinot Noir. Featured AVA’s include Howell Mountain, Calistoga, St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Los Carneros, Stags Leap District, Oakville, and Rutherford. 

TEXTBOOK was founded in 2004 by industry veterans Jonathan and Susan Pey and produces distinctive wines from coveted Napa Valley and Oakville vineyard sites. The Pey’s European background led to TEXTBOOK’s “bold-yet-balanced” winemaking style which has made TEXTBOOK an industry-leading producer of inspiring Napa Valley wines.

 

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