2014 Napa Valley Merlot
Napa Valley native and winemaker, Tony Coltrin, brings more than 40 years of winemaking experience to Oberon, with expertise in sourcing quality fruit from the best vineyards in the valley and understanding the region’s uniqueness for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. His long-standing relationships with local growers ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown in premier Napa Valley sub-appellations for Oberon.
Despite the lack of rain during the spring, Napa Valley had an excellent growing season and a harvest that provided an abundance of quality grapes. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather with a few large heat spikes, and plenty of cool and foggy nights, helped to ripen grapes our Oberon grapes to perfection.
To create Oberon Merlot, Tony sourced grapes from Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville district. The deeper alluvial soils along with the perfect balance of cool mornings and warm afternoons make this are the perfect location for for growing Bordeaux varietals. Our Oberon Merlot flourishes in Oakville and
To naturally soften tannins and enhance varietal complexity, Tony allowed the grapes to undergo extended maceration. He then pressed the wine and transferred it to French oak barrels (45% new oak) to undergo a long malolactic fermentation for roundness and depth. Using Syrah as a blender, adds a dark velvety feel to lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black frui
Enjoy this lovely Napa Valley Merlot with steak, pan seared salmon and pork chops, as well as sautéed vegetables.
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89 Points - 2009 Vintage
"The biggest surprise was the brilliant 2009 Merlot (92% Merlot, 7% Syrah and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon). This delicious effort displays a dense ruby/purple color in addition to white chocolate, mocha, black cherry and cassis aromas and flavors. This lush, succulent, medium-bodied sleeper of the vintage should drink well for 3-5 years."
-Wine Advocate, October 2012
Varietals: 89.8% Merlot, 9.8% Syrah, 0.4% Other varieties
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 18 months in French oak
Wine Stats: Alcohol 13.9%, pH 3.58, TA 6.0 g/l