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2014 Franciscan Estate Reserve Merlot Napa Valley

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SKU: 80026640-14

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Rich scarlet in color with aromas of berry, sweet cherry, vanilla and milk chocolate. Soft and seamless, neatly woven flavors with a velvety mouthfeel. Textured and rich the flavors echo the aromas with sweet berry, vanilla, anise, toffee and plum. Very approachable and inviting and immensely integrated. 93% Merlot, 7% Syrah
Vineyard Notes
2014 was another year of low rainfall and warm temperatures in Napa Valley, which once again resulted in an early harvest with excellent flavor intensity and beautiful ripeness in the fruit. The winter started off very dry with no rain in December, January or February. In late March and early April, we received a good dose of rain that started the vines growing with ample water in the root zone. Throughout most of the growing season, conditions were textbook normal for fruit set and ripening, which gave us an abundance of high-quality grapes. The first Merlot blocks to be picked were from Oak Knoll, and they reached peak ripeness on September 5th. The cooler Carneros region began arriving on September 11th. By early October all the Merlot was safely in the winery fermenting away.
Winemaker Notes
At Franciscan Estate, we love Merlot. It is part of our heritage as a key component of our Magnificat, so a very important varietal to us. Our Reserve Merlot came out of a desire to highlight some of the best that our Merlot vineyards can produce. Featuring fruit from Oak Knoll, which lends deep plum and cherry fruit, richness and density while blending in Merlot from Carneros for floral notes, velvety texture and brightness. We vinify each small parcel of vineyard separately to capture its individual expression, then pair it with a barrel specifically selected for that vineyard’s terroir. Throughout the months of aging, we fine-tune the blend to its final assemblage. This wine shows intensity and power, but with a Merlot sensibility - grace and restraint, balance and refinement.
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
5.9 g/L
20 months in small oak barrels; 52% New French Oak
Pre-fermentation cols soak of 4 days to enhance color and body. Fermentation and maceration averaging 22 days to build structure and integrate mouthfeel.
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