OG N.15 2018 Napa Valley Merlot (Oakville/Oak Knoll) 12-bottle case
Its safe to say that when its comes to Napa Valley red wines, Merlot absolutely over-delivers in comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon. After the massive culling of California's Merlot vines in the wake of Sideways the movie and the early 2000's oversupply, what's left is the best performing vines wineries were loathe to part with.
Today's offering is sourced from one of Oakville's legendary eastside producers and a combination of 60% Oakville Estate Merlot and 37% from Oak Knoll's western alluvial fans (plus a dollop of 3% Atlas Peak Cabernet we feathered for added depth and focus). The result is deliciously seamless combination of perfectly ripe fruit and loamy earth. At $60+ at the winery, its an extraordinary value at $12/bottle.
Deeply colored and beautifully aromatic with blue and black fruit layered against a background of loamy olive and toasty French oak. Again, its seamless and supple across the palate with brown sugar, clove, blackberry and more toasty french oak haloed with Anaheim chile spice. The finish is long and layered and particularly hedonistic in its richness and approachability. Fabulous. Drink now and over the next decade.
60% Oakville, 37% Oak Knoll, 3% Atlas Peak
50% new French oak
600 cases produced
Bottled June 30th, 2020