2017
1881 Napa

Merlot
Description

The cherished Napa Valley landscape is planted to 47,000 acres of wine grapes and segmented into 16 district AVA’s, each lauded for their unique and diverse terroir. Ranging from cool, coastal influences to warmer temperatures, mountainous terrain to valley floor, clay soil to volcanic rock, the Napa Valley American
Viticulture Areas are truly remarkable. The wines of 1881 Napa honor the rich history, legacy and heritage of this world-famous winegrowing region from its district wines to select wines blended with fruit from across the valley to create the ideal expression of a Napa Valley wine.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

With grapes primarily from Rutherford, this 2017 Napa Valley Merlot has great structure opening with aromas of coffee, black cherry, and toasted vanilla. 

Palate: 

On the palate this wine opens with notes of blackberries, cocoa, and baking spices. This silky wine has well intergrrated tannins and juicy fruit notes with a long rich finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2017 vintage was marked by extreme conditions that reduced crop size, starting with abundant winter rainfall and mild spring weather, which led to vigorous vines. The growing season saw three heat spikes, including one over Labor Day weekend that kicked harvest into high gear. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested between September 6th and October 4, 2017.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Varietals:
    • 92% Merlot
    • 5% Petit Verdot
    • ​3% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.6
  • TA: 5.6g/L
  • Ageing:
    •   18 Months
    • 100% French oak 
    • 22% New 
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled Spiced Lamb Chops
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses. Goat cheese
Sauces:
Classic Italian Red Sauce Pastas
Grains:
White rice dishes
SKU:
EIMEN173
$50