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Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Beaulieu Vineyard

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Beaulieu Vineyard

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

RRP (750 mL)
$35.00
750 mL
$26.50
12 x 750 mL
$318.00

Overview

Overview

For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has been setting the standard for rich, classic Napa Valley wines. Our legacy honors the marriage between state-of-the-art technology and gentle, traditional winemaking methods, a combination that enhances the expression of our remarkable vineyard terroir. From Calistoga in the north to Carneros in the south, our Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley wines reflect this region's diverse terroir with classic varietal character.

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2016
Country United States
Region Napa Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Cork
Alc/Vol 14.8%

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

This 2016 Napa Valley Merlot is one of the best in recent vintages and invites you into the glass with elegant dark aromas of black cherry, ripe plum, cherry compote and toasty brioche pastry..

Flavours and Palate

On the palate, there is a broad structure with textured flavors that are plush and full but with grace and elegance interwoven, supported by the fresh acidity. You’ll also discover hints of sweet spice, orange rind and wild sage backed up by the dark fruit core. This is a very drinkable, balanced, yet understated Merlot with tremendous length and great purity of dark berry fruit. A year of aging in European oak barrels added hints of sweet oak spices and dark espresso which are evident on the finish.

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Pork
Lamb
Cheese
Cured Meat
Pasta
Pizza

Viticulture

Viticulture

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Merlot with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated colour, and layers of complexity.