Trefethen Family Vineyard Estate Merlot
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PRODUCER: In the late 60’s when Trefethen’s family started to grow wine grapes in Napa Valley, there was no one to show them the way. There was plenty of advice, to be sure, but in truth no one had started a successful Napa vineyard since Prohibition. They were, in a word, crazy. Today Trefethen’s Family Vineyards produces a diverse range of award-winning varietal, blended and reserve wines – all from our Napa Valley estate – exhibiting the classic hallmarks of fine wine quality.
WINEMAKING: This is a blend of 86% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec from the relatively cool Oak Knoll AVA of the Napa Valley. Oak aged for 14 months in oak barrels, 44% of which are new.
TASTING NOTES: This Merlot delights from the start with a lovely nose of dark cherry and plum. The aroma gives way to savoury notes of black pepper, mushrooms and chocolate. The wine is lush and silky tannins back up a full, strong palate with great structure through the end.