2016 Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot

2016
Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot

Napa Valley

Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot

2016
Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot

Napa Valley

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With an opaque depth of red ruby color, the Stagecoach merlot has a great overall balance of fruit, body, tannin and acidity. In the aroma there is the essence of blueberry, red raspberry, with dried craneberry and herbal spices. The fruit is integrated with aromatic cedar, black pepper, briary nuances of sage and herbal spices. Dark cherry and plum are the primary flavors with a very resolved pleasant tannin structure. The depth of fruit coupled with the richness of flavor, provides a profile that delivers from initial sip, one that continues on the palate for a very long finish....enjoy.

Details

Vintage 2016
Varietal Merlot
Acid 0.67g/100ml
pH 3.41
Aging Aged in Barrel: 15.7 months
Bottling Date April 2018
Alcohol % 14.7%

Vineyard Notes

These grapes were sorted from the Atlas Peak area of the Stage Coach Vineyard, located north east of Napa at approximately 1500 ft elevation. Composed of ancient volcanic soils, the vineyard is carved out of rocky terrain, sage brush and chaparral. The grape vines struggle in this environment, creating grapes that are small and very concentrated. The Merlot grapes ripen very evenly, yielding great dark cherry depth with an incredible distinctiveness that can only be derived from the terroir of Stage Coach.


Production Notes

The winter continued a dry weather pattern and bud break was early. The growing season was moderate, near ideal, and on an early pace Most varieties were harvested in September with a final wrap up on October 10th...getting it all in before any rains developed.

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