Rombauer Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley

Rombauer Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley

Item Number: 12408

UPC: 0-097921871307

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 83% Merlot / 12% Cabernet Sauvignon / 5% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5

Vineyard Notes: A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the finish. All in all, 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varieties due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor. About 25% of the wine was barrel fermented to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for aging. The Rombauer Merlot matured for 17 months in barrel.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of fresh, ripe blueberry, ripe plum, and black currant intertwine with notes of cedar, vanilla and pie crust. This medium-bodied Merlot is plush with flavors of plum, blueberry and fig upfront, leading to juicy red fruit on the midpalate. Delicious now, its depth and structure provide long cellaring potential.

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  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (1/31/2019)

    Incorporating 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Merlot is made from the same cloth and has a sweetly fruited, charming, delicious style as well as lots of red and black currants, black cherry, graphite, and chocolaty herb aromas and flavors. It's a sexy, delicious effort to drink over the coming 4-6 years.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (11/30/2019)

    Concentrated red currant and raspberry flavors feature minty hints in this spicy, glistening style. Flinty notes complement white pepper accents on the finish. Drink now through 2022.