Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley
Grapes: 82% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc

The Napa Valley Merlot fruit comes from diverse vineyard sites ranging from Suscol Springs Ranch in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley to sites in Rutherford and Calistoga. Suscol Springs is a unique site for Merlot that stresses the vines resulting in smaller, more concentrated fruit. Each vineyard produces differing and distinctive grapes, resulting in a complex, multi-layered Merlot that is bold and elegant, as well as concentrated and fresh. The separate lots of Merlot from each vineyard site were hand-harvested at night to maintain cool temperatures and integrity of the fruit. The lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks with careful pump overs to fully extract color, flavor and tannin from the skins, then moved to barrels to finish a secondary fermentation. The wines were aged in 44% new French oak barrels before blending in July of 2017. The final blend was then aged for an additional nine months, totaling 17 months before bottling.

92 Points

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2016 vintage
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harvest note

The vintage of 2016 began early, and offered ideal growing conditions throughout the season. Steady and mild temperatures through July and August were followed by warmer weather at the end of the growing season, which assured optimal ripening of the grapes throughout the differing Napa Valley appellations, and resulted in nicely-balanced acidity and exceptional quality wine.

tasting note

This is a savory, bold and structured wine, with a firm foundation. Hints of dried herbs, along with aromas of deep blackberry and black cherry, are evident along with mineral notes of crushed stone. The flavors are deeply concentrated with black plum, as well as fresh blackberries to match the nose. Freshness and acidity are followed by silky textures and refined, elegant tannins.

food pairing

An excellent companion to pork, pheasant and veal.

technical data

GRAPES: 82% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.54
ACIDITY: 0.68 g/l
ABV: 14.9%
AGING: 17 months French oak barrels, 44% new

points of distinction

  • The steep, south-facing Suscol Springs Estate vineyard forms the backbone of the blend
  • Matured in French oak barrels for 17 months for greater complexity and elegance
  • Delicious upon release but will continue to develop elegance and complexity with an additional 5-7 years’ aging
  • about the grape +
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“Our emphasis on fruit quality captures the expression of blackberry and black cherry in the wine.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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