Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2016 Meritage are carefully selected from various vineyards and specific regions within the Napa Valley AVA. This red blend is made up of Petit Verdot and Malbec from vines in Coombsville, the Cabernet is sourced from Atlas Peak, St. Helena and Oak Knoll vines and the Merlot is from Oak Knoll. These vines produce fruit with layers of complexity resulting in wines with earthy minerality and exceptional, natural acidity.
Once harvested, the fruit is carefully sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. To enhance color and flavor, extensive seed removal occurs and délestage procedures are incorporated during the 13-16 day maceration period. This process helps to release the aromatic characters to create full, round tannins. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 99% French oak and 1% Hungarian oak, 49% of which were new barrels, for 24 months.
The Napa Cellars 2016 Meritage is a sophisticated wine that delivers an opulent bouquet of dark plum, blackstrap molasses, black cherry, boysenberry, graphite and hints of dusty notes, tobacco and dark roasting coffee on the nose. These aromas unfold flavors of dark plum and berries on the palate. This mouth-filling wine showcases a sturdy palate, tight structure and complex tannins as sweet treacle flavors persist on a very long finish. The Napa Cellars 2016 Meritage is perfectly paired with braised short ribs drizzled with homemade barbeque sauce and a touch of rosemary.