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Acre Wines – Merlot

United States
California
Wine
Red

The Facts

Origins United States > California > Stags Leap District

Appellation Napa Valley

Varietal Merlot

Cepage 100% Merlot

Winemaking Handpicked; hand sorted; destemmed; 48 hr cold soak b4 fermentation; pumped over 3x per day; malolactic ferm in barrel

Aging 16 months, French Oak (40% New)

Alcohol Content 14.5 %

Production 510 cases

Serendipity Markets California

The Character

Tasting Notes The 2018 Acre Merlot is a deep purple-tinged ruby in color. From the first pour, it opens up with enticingly bold aromas of summer fruit, including black cherries, ripe strawberries, and dark plums, which carry over subtly in the mouth. On the palate, the bright acidity and textured tannins support layers of spice, dried herbs, cocoa beans, leather, and cedar, which lead to a lengthy, complex finish that takes its time to unfold. While the 2018 Merlot drinks beautifully in its youth, the robust structure also makes it a perfect candidate for cellaring.

Overall Structured and supple

Mouthfeel Rounded & textured

Aromas Blackberry tart, spice-cake, dried herbs & clove

Selling Point Cab drinker's Merlot from vineyard farmed by Napa legend.

Pairings Rosemary, garlic lamb; filet mignon; stuffed portobellos

Sustainability Vegan t, Sustainable In Practice t

The Story

The 2018 Merlot is 100% single vineyard Merlot from the Stags Leap District from the family-owned, sustainably farmed Stags Landing vineyard, which is managed by Napa Valley vineyard management legend Alex Vyborny (which, incidentally, is Czech for excellent, which his vineyards certainly indicate!). Mr. Vyborny has managed vineyards for Far Niente, Joseph Phelps and many many others, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this fruit. This Merlot is a Cab drinker's Merlot and is strong, structured, and elegant.

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Brand Story

Welcome to the world of Acre wines! It all started with a one acre vineyard planted by co-founder Dave Becker in 2002. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Mike and Talley Henry purchased the winery from the founders in 2017 and brought on veteran winemaker, Richard Bruno, and together, they are honored to continue the legacy of producing highly acclaimed, handcrafted Acre wines from celebrated family-owned vineyards in the Napa Valley. They produce classic Napa Valley varietals from organically or sustainably farmed vineyards that showcase the unique characteristics of the AVAs from which they source their grapes. They believe that great wine starts in the vineyard and that the partnership between the grower, vineyard manager, and winemaker is essential to what you ultimately taste in the glass.

Brand Story

Welcome to the world of Acre wines! It all started with a one acre vineyard planted by co-founder Dave Becker in 2002. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Mike and Talley Henry purchased the winery from the founders in 2017 and brought on veteran winemaker, Richard Bruno, and together, they are honored to continue the legacy of producing highly acclaimed, handcrafted Acre wines from celebrated family-owned vineyards in the Napa Valley. They produce classic Napa Valley varietals from organically or sustainably farmed vineyards that showcase the unique characteristics of the AVAs from which they source their grapes. They believe that great wine starts in the vineyard and that the partnership between the grower, vineyard manager, and winemaker is essential to what you ultimately taste in the glass.

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