Half Ton Macro Bin
2013 Highlands Merlot Napa Valley
The 2013 vintage was a traditional Napa Valley vineyard experience from bud break to harvest. Spring bud break was right on time without any adverse hail or frost, and flowed into stable flowering and uniform fruit set. The summer months were treated with consistent warm, but not hot, days and frequented by the desirable cool foggy nights. There was no early heavy rain to darken the experience but the grapes did feel some late light rain. This was fortunately followed by a stretch of drying warm days allowing for vineyards to ripen completely, finding their way to the crush pad in outstanding condition before the rains hit. The stage has been set to deliver some excellent wines.
This Merlot captures the eye with a ruby red color, and the nose with an even palate of red berries, black berries and stone fruit. The transition into the mouth is pleasant and rewarding with lingering warmth of soft tannins in the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
This Merlot provides enjoyable pairings with savory foods that benefit from the softer tannic structure of this remarkable Merlot. It also pairs well in the role of a Merlot, with hard cheeses and grilled meats.
22 months in 33% new French Oak Barrels