Merryvale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Merryvale’s proprietors, the Schlatter Family, are winemaking traditionalists with a deep respect for Napa’s winemaking legacy and a dynamic vision for the future of Napa Valley. They are committed to preserving the winery’s rich history without compromising their forward-looking plans. With acclaimed winemaker, Simon Faury, they have sharpened their focus on Bordeaux varieties, the wines for which Napa is most renowned.
Wine EnthusiastFrom a handful of Napa Valley vineyards, this Cab is blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, producing a classically elegant wine dotted in cassis, cedar and white peppercorn. Chalky and buoyant in acidity, it drinks lean and supple, the finish darker in smoky, coffee tones.
Wine SpectatorOn solid footing, this exhibits a mix of rich dark berry, spice, dried herb, tobacco leaf and cedar flavors, ending with drying tannins and a dash of black licorice. Drink now through 2024. 3,130 cases made.
Wine AdvocateA blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa's dark ruby/purple color is followed by plush, opulent black fruits intermixed with subtle background oak, good glycerin and flesh, and a heady finish. This juicy, front end-loaded, consumer-friendly Cabernet should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
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