2017 Bell Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley
Item No. 2406  •  In Stock - Ships in 3-5 Business Days

2017 Bell Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley
2017 Bell Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley

Deep in color, with invitingly bright, red berry aromatics on the nose. Very soft and lush on the palate with a fine tannin and lively acidity to balance it out perfectly.

$65.00club price: $55.25
Add to Cart
Gift this item »

About This Item

Vineyard
Our Merlot grapes are estate grown on the winery’s Spanos Berberian Estate Vineyard in Yountville approximately one mile south of the Yountville Hills. Yountville enjoys the early morning fog and cool growing conditions of the maritime influenced southern Napa Valley, whilst the early receding fog gives us more sunlight and warmer daytime temperatures than the more southerly Carneros region.  Our warm summer daytime temperatures and cool evenings result in grapes with rich fruit flavors and an excellent acid balance.

Vinification
Merlot grapes were hand-harvested and gently crushed to minimize crushing of berries and maximize fruit character.  We fermented at 85 degrees-F with a Bordeaux yeast strain, and extracted color utilizing gentle irrigation over the skins.  Following fermentation the wine underwent malo-lactic fermentation and was then racked to barrel.  The wine was barrel aged in French oak barrels (51% new) for 18 months.