2018 Bread & Butter Napa Valley Merlot
10 months on 40% new French Oak
Smoothly structured and deep ruby in color, this full-bodied, well-rounded wine combines notes of red plum and black cherry with dried herbs and sweet spices including cardamom. Flavors of toasted oak integrate and lead to a smooth, complete finish.
Merlot from Napa Valley is celebrated for its complexity, fruity character, layers of flavors, and ability to be paired nicely with a wide range of fine foods. This Merlot comes from Carneros, which receives constant cooling from the ocean. This, along with the warm, sunny days, ensures a beautiful structure, bright acidity and full expression of flavors. The
The 2018 growing season in Napa valley was steady with great conditions for growing all varieties. The beautiful conditions kicked off with a sunny spring that led to the vines flowering uniformly and ensuring even cluster development. Summer temperatures were steady, and the Valley befitted from a long, slow Harvest without heat spikes or rain. The grapes for this wine experienced extended hang time with warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to reach their full ripeness and expression. The complex, layered and high-quality wines of this vintage, especially the powerful reds which will continue to age gracefully, will be remembered and celebrated in years to come.
Aging Potential 7-10 Years