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  • 2018 ACRE MERLOT 750ml

2018 ACRE MERLOT 750ml

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100% Merlot
Napa Valley, California

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The 2018 Acre Merlot is a deep purple-tinged ruby in color. From the first pour, it opens
up with enticingly bold aromas of summer fruit, including black cherries, ripe strawberries, and dark plums, which carry over subtly in the mouth. On the palate, the bright
acidity and textured tannins support layers of spice, dried herbs, cocoa beans, leather,
and cedar, which lead to a lengthy, complex finish that takes its time to unfold. While the
2018 Merlot drinks beautifully in its youth, the robust structure also makes it a perfect
candidate for cellaring.

Growing Region – Stags Leap AVA
The 2700-acre iconic Stags Leap growing area is located five miles north of the town of
Napa and stretches from the Vaca Range west to the Napa River and along the Silverado
Trail to Yountville Cross Road. The climate is moderately warm with afternoon marine
winds acting as an “air-conditioner” to cool the warmer air radiating off the bare rocks of
Stag Leap itself and the surrounding hillsides. The soils are comprised of volcanic
gravel-loams on the floor of the valley with rocky hillsides, and low to moderate fertility
due to hard clay subsoils.

Even before it officially became an AVA, Stags Leap had already received worldwide
acclaim based on the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon, which earned
first place at the 1976 Judgment of Paris Tasting. It is an optimal location for growing
Merlot, distinguished by lush, velvety textures and perfectly integrated summer fruit
flavors, supported by refined and structured tannins.

After a turbulent 2017 harvest, 2018 welcomed a close to perfect growing season. 2018
began with copious rainfall in February followed by a mild spring. While both bud break
and flowering occurred on the later side, it was under ideal weather conditions yielding
uniform grape clusters. The summer days were steady and warm with cooler evenings
and a complete absence of heat spikes, which led to excellent harvest conditions. The
moderate fall sunshine and extended hang time allowed fruit to gradually gain flavor
complexity without over-ripeness.

Vineyards Stags Landing Vineyard, Stags Leap AVA
Appellation 100% Stags Leap AVA
Harvest Date October 13, 2018
Varietal Composition 100% Merlot
Aging 16 months, French Oak (40% New)
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.33
Total Acidity 6.5 g/L
Bottled February 7, 2020
Total Production 510 cases


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