As usual around this time of year we get swamped with family, festivities and holidays and that has backed up my writing time. As we now see the light at the end of the tunnel of our “busy season” it is time for a rundown of the new releases that have made their way into the world!
2014 MTGA Merlot
Blend: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Aging: 22 months in once and twice used French Oak
Total Production: 150 cases
$60 per bottle
Continuing the long line of drought years the 2014 Merlot has shone brightly right out of the gate. While yields decreased as the drought continued, the overall quality continued to rise. It is a vicious double-edged sword to play with but we will take what we can get! The 2014 Merlot seems to be a combination of characteristics from the prior vintages. Bold and complex with deep flavors while providing a nice little “kick” to let you know it is there.
For the 5th release of Merlot from MTGA we couldn’t be happier with the end result!
2014 MTGA Single Barrel
Blend: 100% Merlot
Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Grower/Vineyard: Antonio Castellucci
Aging: 22 months in new French Oak
12 months in bottle
Total Production: 25 cases
$105 per bottle
The second iteration of the MTGA Single Barrel has arrived! Following the trend that the prior vintage began, the 2014 release takes the greatness that Merlot has to offer and lets it shine. This year’s lot actually came from a light pressing cycle that combined multiple smaller fermentation lots. The gentle pressing allowed for a bit more structure to be extracted while keeping the rest of the characteristics intact. During the aging process 8% free-run wine was blended back into this pressed lot to create what the Single Barrel is today.
Without a doubt the Single Barrel continues to exceed our expectations and we hope it will do the same for you!