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Oberon Merlot Napa Valley 2005

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To naturally soften tannins and enhance varietal complexity, we gave the wine 28 days of skin contact. We then pressed the wine and transferred it to French oak barrels to undergo a long malolactic fermentation for roundness and depth. Blending in the Cabernet Sauvignon added interesting nuances to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot.

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Oberon Wines:
As a third-generation winemaker and Napa Valley native, Rob Mondavi, Jr. has always understood that the region is uniquely suited for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. With the Oberon label - originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare's winsome comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream - he has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to be... Read more
As a third-generation winemaker and Napa Valley native, Rob Mondavi, Jr. has always understood that the region is uniquely suited for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. With the Oberon label - originally named for the eponymous king in Shakespeare's winsome comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream - he has created high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to be enjoyed every day. Rob and fellow winemaker, Tony Coltrin, select Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from some of Napa Valley's finest vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other emerging sub-appellations. The climate of these regions - warm days and cool evenings - yields grapes with the perfect balance of ripe fruit flavors and natural acidity. Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with deep, rich color and concentrated black fruit character. Oberon Merlot is wonderfully complex, with notes of blueberry and chocolate - perfect for enjoying around the hearth on cozy winter evenings. Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, with its balance of fruit and acidity, is a crisp complement to creamy cheeses and fresh fruit - we hope you will join us and Experience Napa Valley In Every Bottle©. Oberon Wines are represented by Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa Valley. For more information about Folio wines go to www.foliowine.com Read less

Member Reviews for Oberon Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: scottdseaman
94938176
3.50 5
11/27/2008

Oberon has beefed up their Merlot to create a wine lovers dream. The tannic acid is mellowed by a creaminess that adds depth and complexity to this fine Merlot. A nice hit of spice and berries are mingled with the classic cherry flavors and the oak is very subtle showing its presence only to add structure and back bone to the Merlot juice.


Snooth User: Stallion
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4.00 5
08/15/2010

One of the most complex Merlots I've ever had. The first hit to your palate is a whirlwind of different tastes of complexity and structure. Nicely balanced with a smooth supple finish. You can't beat a Merlot of this maturity for the price. I highly recommend this wine!


External Reviews for Oberon Merlot Napa Valley

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Source: Morrell & Company
10/11/2008

86% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Oberon wines begin in the great vineyards of Napa Valley. Winemakers, Tony Coltrin and Rob Mondavi, nurture exceptional fruit from the classic Oakville, Rutherford and Stags Leap appellations, and from Napa's emerging sub-appellations. Oberon Merlot is ripe with blueberries and chocolate.



To naturally soften tannins and enhance varietal complexity, we gave the wine 28 days of skin contact. We then pressed the wine and transferred it to French oak barrels to undergo a long malolactic fermentation for roundness and depth. Blending in the Cabernet Sauvignon added interesting nuances to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot.

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