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Food Pairings for Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Oak Knoll District Merlot
This Merlot from the cooler Oak Knoll part of Napa Valley harkens back to old school Napa as well as ye olde world France. Exquisitely balanced, the wine shows focused rays of black cherry and red currants counterpointed by espresso and cocoa powder and kept lithe and lively by that great cool weather acidity.
Our Merlot vineyards are planted to Clones #181 and #314 on #3309 and #420A rootstock. The grapes are lush and power packed with intense berry flavors and an abundance of bright fruit. The components for this wine were all harvested separately based on their individual ripening characteristics. The main lot of Merlot used in this blend was the last lot that we picked in 2007. Fantastically, these grapes were able to hang on the vine until October 19, developing full ripeness of flavor and tannin, but only accumulating 22.5 brix. For this we can credit Mother Nature. The result, with a good dose of Cabernet Franc, is a ripe fully textured wine with vibrant acidity and great balance.
This wine is showing great personality right on impact, the fruit is ripe and full of lightly jammy red-berry and creamy mocha aromas. This wine is full bodied and framed by light grip tannins. The light beam of acidity keeps the wine in balance and will help this wine to age gracefully. This wine is drinking well now and should be enjoyed now through 2018. – Chris Corley, Winemaker
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