Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

Beringer’s  Napa  Valley  Merlot  is  an  enticing  expression  of  this  varietal  and  the  depth  and  complexity  of  flavor  it  can  exhibit  when  grown  in  the  right  place.  Select  vineyards  and  blocks  from AVAs up and down the valley tare used to craft a wine that is the quintessential expression of Napa Valley terroir.

Tasting Note

Rich and full, this Merlot is a brilliant red garnet color with aromas and flavors of plush red and blue fruit  leading  with  blueberries,  raspberries  and  dark  cherry,  accented  with  toffee,  oak  spice  and  chocolate  mocha.  Tannins  are  well  integrated  and  silky  fine,  with  lingering  added  flavors  of  dark  plum, currant and touches of espresso.

Vineyard Notes

The majority of this wine was made from grapes grown on Beringer’s Big Ranch Vineyard in Oak Knoll, a relatively cool vineyard which produces Merlot of exceptional character and quality. The other primary vineyard blended in this Merlot is Beringer’s Gamble Ranch in Oakville.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was notably consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. Harvest began quite early in August, and by September the majority of whites and lighter reds were completely off the vines. The cooler, sunny weather throughout October allowed grapes still on the vine to develop more phenolic and flavor maturity levels. Overall, it was a high quality crop that was above average in quantity.

Winemaking Note

Kept in separate small lots until the final blending, the grapes for our Merlot were picked, quickly brought  to  the  winery  and  placed  in  small  stainless  steel  tanks  for  a  2-day  cold  soak  designed  to  extract color and flavor from the grapes. The juice was then fermented dry and the young wine was placed in small French oak barrels (30% new) for twelve months.