2015 Napa Valley Merlot
A powerful, inky Merlot from one of the top Merlot vineyards in Napa Valley.
A deeply colored red that pours opaque in the glass. The nose is a bit concave and brooding at this point, drawing you down into the complex and swirling but also fleeting and ever-changing aromas – the olfactory effect of “structure”. Think Pomerol on steroids. Loamy olive and crushed red rock are replaced by black cherry juice and deep plum, which give way to acacia flower, cedar and blackcurrant…all of which are constantly shifting and ethereal. Supple on entry, but you’ll quickly get the impression of power as the chalky, well-integrated tannins rise up to greet you. Perfectly polished and quite pleasurable for a wine of this immensity, the subtle waves of fruit riding the broad tannic frame quickly serve to remind you that this wine is just a baby. Definitely decant for a few hours, or give it a cool, dark home to rest and drink over the next 10 years.
Style: Full, Smooth
Sourced from a southern Napa winery (just in the eastern hills between the Silverado Trail and the base of Atlas Peak appellation) that changed hands last year, this is killer wine from killer dirt, with a reputation as being one of the best Merlot plantings in the valley. As with Lot 578, this wine was made available due to the winery changing hands and new ownership's need to reposition the inventories on hand. From a $125+/bottle program that's one of the most expensive Merlots in Napa, this is a powerful, inky wine with incredible pedigree.