Oberon Merlot, Napa Valley

89 points

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

2014 Napa Valley Merlot

Tony accomplished a subtle marriage of flavors in the Oberon Merlot by blending fruit from emerging Napa Valley regions that allowed him to take advantage of different soil types and microclimates from around the valley. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins that linger on the palate. Enjoy this lovely Napa Valley Merlot with steak, pan seared salmon and pork chops, as well as sautéed vegetables.

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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.

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.

Varietals: 89.8% Merlot, 9.8% Syrah, 0.4% Other varieties
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 18 months in French oak
Alcohol: 13.9%
pH: 3.85
TA: 6.0 g/l

Oberon Merlot, Napa Valley

Accolades

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

89 points

2012 Napa Valley Merlot

"The 2012 Merlot possesses good density, elegant black cherry and mocha-infused aromas and flavors, excellent purity, density and richness, and a lush, succulent mouthfeel. It is exactly what Merlot should taste like. "
- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, November 2014

88 points

2012 Napa Valley Merlot

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