2012 Plumpjack Merlot "Napa Valley"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"
Wine Category: Merlot
Grape blend: 91% Merlot, 8% Malbec & 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 2,600
KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 3 reviews)
Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)
Review date: September 3, 2014
Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot from Napa is not your typical Merlot. It is a bit on the intense side early on. It opens with a very aromatic blackberry bouquet with hints of blueberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and very fruit forward. The flavor profile is initially a rich and concentrated blackberry. As it settles down, notes of boysenberry, blueberry and gentle minerality show up. I also detected hints of black plum and oak. The finish is dry with minimal tannins. It fades away nicely. This Merlot definitely benefits from aeration. I would pair it with filet mignon after at least an hour of decanting. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: This incredibly balanced wine possesses rich raspberry and black cherry notes layered with chocolate and a touch of smoke imparted by our barrel aging. The location of our Oak Knoll vineyard helps to bring darker fruit aromatics to the nose giving this wine a full, robust, and concentrated palate, while the region's mild climate gives this wine an elegance and a wonderful natural acidity that lifts this wine from start to finish.
Organic status: not organic
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