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(6) - 2013 Luna Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 750ml
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2013 Luna Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley
Our 2013 Napa Valley Merlot has dense and luxurious red fruit aromas with spicy notes. The raspberry flavor on the nose continues through the palate with notes of light chocolate and black tea. The bright acidity of pomegranate combined with a hint of dark cocoa are balanced with the fine grained tannins and Madagascar vanilla. Structure and elegance lead to a long finish that reflects the succulence of the Merlot varietal.
Vineyard: Luna Merlot is sourced from two separate vineyards in the Rutherford and Oakville appellations, where Merlot grapes thrive in the clay and rocky soils of the Napa Valley. The 2013 season experienced warm days and cool nights throughout the valley, producing perfectly balanced grapes, picked at the peak of ripeness. This vintage will be remembered in Napa for years to come for producing great Merlot.
Winemaking: The Merlot grapes were harvested in late October and fermented for three weeks to extract maximum fruit flavors and color. The wine was barrel aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak and 50% neutral oak to create optimal tannin structure. Malbec and Petite Sirah were blended in to uplift the Merlot’s natural tannin structure as well as add complexity. This wine bottled in June, 2015.