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Waterstone Wines Napa Valley Merlot

Napa Valley 2011

The 2011 growing season proved to be a challenge in Napa Valley. A wet winter and spring extended with rainfall into mid-June, delaying bloom and set. A long, cool growing season followed, which forced growers to open canopies to ensure sunlight and warmth. Harvest was further hampered by autumn rain storms, which encouraged an earlier-than-normal harvest. Overall, quality of fruit is high, and lower alcohols are expected for the vintage.

The backbone of this Merlot is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, where half the grapes are sourced from a relatively cool region. The balance of fruit is sourced from the Nichelini Vineyard in Chiles Valley, adding layers of rich fruit to the palate. The small berry clusters and intense fruit from low yielding vines create a wine with full flavor and longevity. Both vineyards are under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage.

Vineyards were hand-picked at the peak of maturity. Following harvest, the grapes were gently crushed and fermented. The wines were then aged in small French oak barrels with extended lees contact for twenty-four months. Only 35% new barrels were used to maintain maximum fruit flavors with just a hint of toasty oak.

Tasting Notes
Sweet cherry, ripe plum, hints of vanilla and overtones of anise and aged leather appear in the aroma. On the palate, this generous wine features cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and a lingering finish.

Ratings & Reviews
89 points, Editors' Choice - 2007 Vintage
"This is a really nice wine. It tastes like Merlot should, soft and fruity. Shows cherry, violet, bacon and sandalwood flavors that finish long and spicy. Great value for a wine of this quality. Drink now."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2010 Download PDF

88 points - 2007 Vintage
"Sleek and supple, with currant and toasty vanilla aromas and modestly structured cherry, sage and tomato-leaf flavors that finish with ripe but firm tannins. Drink now through 2014."
- T.F., Wine Spectator, August 9, 2010 Download PDF

Best New Wine Deals - 2007 Vintage
Waterstone gets the majority of its fruit from Napa Valley’s Truchard Vineyards, one of the largest and best vineyards in the region. The wine is lush and deeply flavorful, reminiscent of ripe black cherries.
- Food & Wine Magazine, May 2010 Download PDF

88 points - 2006 Vintage
"A very dry, somewhat herbal Merlot, with a brittle, tannic mouthfeel. It has flavors of black cherries, currants and sage. Feels elegant and sophisticated in the mouth, a wine to drink now."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2010

Technical Data:
• Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.6%
• TA: 0.61g/100ml
• pH: 3.55
• Oak Aging: 24 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 35% new
• Bottling Date: February 28, 2014
• Production: 544 cases

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