2016
Raymond Small Lot Meritage

Meritage
Description

All of the varietals for this blend go through extended maceration for an average of 40 days on the skins. The wine then spends 19 months in small French oak barrels with 35% new oak, primarily form coopers Ermitage, Baron and Demptos.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Our 2016 Small Lot Napa Valley Meritage opens with aromas of allspice, brown sugar and hints of cinnamon. 

Palate: 

Bold dark fruit flavors of baked blackberry pie, nutmeg and touches of dark chocolate seamlessly spread across the palate. Silky, well balance tannins and a full, round mouthfeel make this a blend that will age nicely over the next 8-10 years.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The grapes for this Meritage are grown in the famed Napa Valley appellation, and the blend is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc providing an array of varietal characteristics to work with when crafting the wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from two vineyards in St. Helena and Oakville, adds dark fruit flavors and plush, sweeter tannins. The Merlot and Petite Verdot hailing from our Estate vineyard in Rutherford and Atlas Peak, both provide texture, density and structure. The Cabernet Franc provides stunning aromatics while the Malbec provides a lush, silky mouthfeel.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Varietals:
    • 49% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 19% Merlot
    • 13% Petit Verdot
    • 11% Cabernet Franc
    • 8% Malbec
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • pH: 3.71
  • TA: 6.2 g/l
  • Aging: 19 months in French oak. 
    • 35% new
  • Cases produced: 217
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
New York strip steak
Cheese & Nuts:
Hard Cheeses
SKU:
RLRM163
$50