2017 Limited Release Napa Valley Merlot
The 2017 Limited Release Napa Valley Merlot opens with aromas of Bing cherry, strawberry reduction sauce, blackberry sauce and cedar. Jammy, ripe fruit flavors with vibrant refreshing acidity followed by velvety tannins and balanced finish.
The steep slopes, high elevation, and warm temperatures of Diamond Mountain allows the Merlot grapes to mature to full ripeness prior to harvest, along with great concentration, color and powerful tannin. Temperatures slightly cooler in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, produces flavors of ripe black fruit, intense color and elegant tannin structure.
The 2017 vintage began much wetter than in recent memory. The grape vines had an abundance of groundwater available, and grew vigorously until summer when the ground started to dry out. The cool growing season allowed for nuanced and complex flavors to develop in the grapes, and the unique harvest timeline allowed us more time to focus and make the wines in the absolute best way possible. The 2017 Harvest was one of the longest harvest seasons at Black Stallion Estate Winery.