The Pilsner has been making a comeback for at least the last five years. American […]
Napa Valley, Coombsville
Showing excellent varietal definition, this big, full-bodied wine has subtle oak on the nose, along with an amazing palate that presents lingering flavors of round cherries, and classic Merlot character.
Fred Dame MS
Guy Stout MS, CWE
Thomas Price MS
Writer: Kyle O'Neill Editor: Tina Caputo
A terrific representative of the nearly perfect 2016 vintage in Napa Valley, this garnet-colored Merlot hails from the Mt. George Vineyard, first planted in 1868. Known for deep gravel beds that strain the vines, the vineyard sits at the site of an ancient volcano in the foothills of the Vaca mountain range, in the Coombsville appellation.
Aromas of red roses quietly fade into lemon, bing cherries, and clove, bringing to mind the warm and wonderful fragrance of a roasted holiday ham. The aroma continues to evolve and entice, with notes of pie crust, baked apples, cinnamon, and vanilla. The tannins are appealingly soft, while a playfully fresh pop of acidity carries baked apple and cherry crostata into a long, lingering finish of cinnamon, vanilla, dried cherries, roasted apple skins, and lemon caramel sauce. This is a wine with potential to age, but it would be equally enjoyable to drink today—especially over an intimate dinner with someone you love.