' Whitehall Lane Winery - 2015 Whitehall Lane Merlot Napa Valley

Whitehall Lane Winery

Wines

2015 Merlot, Napa Valley

2015 Merlot, Napa Valley

$32.00 per Bottle
$384.00 per Case
Dark cranberries and dried cherries burst out of this wine aromatically, coupled with cocoa dust, fresh strawberry jam, cherry cola, pomegranate, and toasted vanilla. On the palate, this Merlot has fine, firm tannins alongside black cherries, red currants, goji berries, and toasted walnuts. It is supple in texture and shows attractive depth on the finish. 
 
Blend: 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

The Vintage:
2015 was very typical growing season in Napa Valley. Although
the winter was drier than normal, early spring rains brought much needed water to the vineyards as bud break began. Outstanding spring weather was followed by an ideal summer of hot days and cool nights. The Autumn season was very warm and ripened the fruit at a steady pace. All of the Merlot and Cabernet grapes in this blend were harvested over a four-week period from September 12th to October 10th

Winemaking:
The Merlot grapes were grown at the winery’s Estate vineyard in Rutherford and select vineyards from St. Helena and Oak Knoll AVAs in the Napa Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon came predominantly from Whitehall’s Millennium MM vineyard in Rutherford. Whitehall Lane has always utilized the art of blending to make a Merlot with layers of flavors, complexity, and balance. These elements assist with the goal of varietal typicity in creating the perfect Merlot. The fruit was fermented at an average of 85°F with gentle pump-overs for excellent flavor and color extraction. The wine was aged in a combination of French (25% new) and American (10% new) oak barrels for 18 months. The 2015 Merlot was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes:
Dark cranberries and dried cherries burst out of this wine aromatically, coupled with cocoa dust, fresh strawberry jam, cherry cola, pomegranate, and toasted vanilla. On the palate, this Merlot has fine, firm tannins alongside black cherries, red currants, goji berries, and toasted walnuts. It is supple in texture and shows attractive depth on the finish. Enjoy right now and through 2023 with proper cellaring.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2015
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Merlot
Appellation Napa Valley
Size 750 ml