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2013 Franciscan Estate Reserve Merlot Napa Valley

2013 Franciscan Estate Reserve Merlot Napa Valley

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SKU: 80026640

Wine Profile

Vibrant dark cherry, plum and dried fig, with tobacco, cedar, toasted oak and vanilla bean. Long and beautifully balanced finish of fig, cherry and dark chocolate.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Rich scarlet with vibrant dark cherry, plum and dried fig, that is layered with tobacco, cedar, toasted oak and vanilla bean. Rich, supple palate with concentrated dark fruit, barrel spice, and velvety tannins. Long and beautifully balanced finish of fig, cherry and dark chocolate. 93% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Notes
The 2013 vintage gave us near perfect growing conditions which led to an early harvest. Spring conditions were warm and dry which led to an early bud break and very even set. Aside from one hot spell at the end of June, temperatures remained moderate throughout the spring and summer. With only 8 inches of rain from January through June, the vines had less green growth and an earlier turn to fruit development. Early October saw a major north wind event, bringing dry air off the arid northern CA interior down across the coastal areas. Humidity during October 3-7 was very low, single digits, with strong winds buffeting all parts of Napa. Thirsty vineyards prompted harvest to accelerate even more than usual. In 7 days we brought in ~24% of our fruit. The first Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville was harvested off a young block on September 13th with the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon hitting the hopper on October 22nd. As harvest progressed, we became more and more aware that the color and intensity of Bordeaux reds in the 2013 vintage would lead to a truly phenomenal vintage.
Winemaker Notes
At Franciscan Estate, we love Merlot. It is part of our heritage as a key component of our Magnificat. Our Reserve Merlot came out of a desire to highlight some of the best that our Merlot vineyards can produce. The wine features fruit from Oak Knoll, which lends deep plum and cherry fruit, richness, and density. We blend in Merlot from Carneros for floral notes, velvety texture, and brightness. Each small parcel of vineyard is vinified separately to capture its individual expression, then paired 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 with a Merlot sensibility—grace and restraint, balance, and refinement. - Janet Meyers, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
5.9 g/L
20 months in small oak barrels; 60% new oak
Alcohol %
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