2016 - Mt George Merlot

Recently awarded 92 points by Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast and 91 points and Gold at the 2020 London Wine Competition.

Located east of Napa, our Mt George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep soils derived from volcanic shale and tufa yield Merlot fruit of power and structure.

Pair the Mt. George Merlot with this Classic Mac & Cheese recipe

Mt George Merlot

Vintage Notes The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Tasting Notes Aromatics of rhubarb pie and toasted paprika. Bright acidity and medium-bodied. A sweet and savory mix of tart cherries, red berries, clove and black pepper spices, with a long, streamlined finish. Reviews 94 points from The Tasting Panel, Meridith May, April 2020 issue
92 points from Wine & Spirits, Joshua Greene, October 2019 issue
92 points by Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, October 2020 issue
91 points and Gold at the 2020 London Wine Competition
91 points from wine.com, Wilfred Wong, 2/21/20
90 points from Vinous, Antonio Galloni, December 2018
Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle 2020 Wine Competition
Gold at the TexSom 2020 International Wine Competition
  • Varietal 100% Merlot
  • Appellation Coombsville
  • Vineyard 100% Mt George Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 9 & 12, 2016
    25.4° Brix
  • Skin Contact 17 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 17 months barrel age
    44% new oak
    New oak profile: 94% French, 6% Hungarian
    Overall oak profile: 94% French, 6% Hungarian
  • Analysis 15.0% Alcohol
    5.46 g/L TA
    3.54 pH
    0.04% Rs