2014 HALL Napa Valley Merlot 1.5L
"Plush and full of richly spiced flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and plum tart, supported by elegant, medium-grained tannins. The finish is filled with notes of sandalwood and allspice. Drink now through 2022."
Starting with a lush entry of fine-grained soft tannin, the wine continues into a full, weighty midpalate, accented by a refreshing note of bright acidity. The flavor profile is warm, spicy and distinctively chocolate-driven, with notes of nutmeg and ripe cherry. A serious Merlot drinker’s wine, ideal for everyday celebrations.
Our Napa Valley Merlot is a complex blend of several vineyards, incorporating fruit from our estate vineyards. As Merlot tends to ripen early, we selected fruit from cooler vineyard sites to enhance the vibrant and expressive character of this finicky variety. The final wine is a unique expression of the entire Napa Valley.
|Varietal Composition||100% Merlot|
|Barrel Aging||20 months in 45% New French Oak|
|Vintage Notes||The drought conditions helped contribute to an unusually early harvest in 2014. Substantial rain in early spring provided the vines enough hydration to sustain an otherwise dry summer. The entire season was early, from budbreak, to veraison, to harvest. Summer weather was perfect for the grapes, with no extremes or surprises. Fruit quality was exceptional, intensely aromatic and showcased great fruit character.|