Oberon Merlot, Napa Valley

89 points

"Excellent purity, density and richness"
- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

2015 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.

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Despite receiving close to 75% of normal rainfall, the warmer and dryer than usual winter season, resulted in an early bud break that coupled with a cool Spring and long flowering period resulted in an uneven fruit set. Temperatures through the first half of the growing season were even and warm, giving way to repeated heat surges in the final ripening weeks that pushed the harvest ahead by 2 weeks. This weather pattern resulted in smaller than usual clusters and a lighter than usual crop of beautiful rich character.

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 growing Bordeaux varietals. He added some Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown to enhance and soften the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

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 and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

Varietals: 87.3% Merlot, 9.7% Syrah, 3.0% Zinfandel
Appellation: Napa Valley
Alcohol: 13.9%
pH: 3.65
TA: 6.2 g/l

Oberon Merlot, Napa Valley


90 Points

2015 Napa Valley Merlot

A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors that glide across the palate. The sanguine finish is richly spiced.
— Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2017

"10 Napa Valley Classics"

2015 Napa Valley Merlot

The Oberon shows the richness that Napa Merlot can achieve on its own.
- Augustus Weed, Wine Spectator, August 2017

88 points

2015 Napa Valley Merlot

"Spicy, soft and robust in mouthfeel and texture, this elegant varietal wine offers firmly defined flavors of cedar, tobacco and plum. Lengthy and easy to enjoy, it'll do well at the table with a range of fare."
- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2017


2015 Napa Valley Merlot

"150 Wines from Around the World that Offer Outstanding Quality at $25 or Less”
- Wine Spectator, November 2017

2013 Napa Valley Merlot

"The 2013 Merlot offers coffee bean, red currant and sweet cherry notes, dusty loamy soil undertones, medium body and soft tannin."
- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #220, August 2015

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