2017 Merlot, Arcilla
Napa Valley, Los Carneros

2017 Merlot, Arcilla

92 Points

James Suckling

Winemaker's Notes

Arcilla, Spanish for clay, references the contribution that our clay soils make in shaping the flavor and character of this wine. Our Merlot comes from the shallow clay soils which restrict the vigor of the vine and produce wines of intense fragrance and flavor. This wine offers earthy, savory and spicy notes on the nose and bright, fruit tones of currant, brambleberry and black cherry on the palate to balance the fleshy texture and soft round tannins.

Technical Data

Special Designation: Small Lot
Vineyard Designation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: Sept. 28 - Oct. 8, 2017
Fermentation: 15 - 22 days
Aging: 18 months in French oak (50% new)
Wine Composition: 90% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrels Produced: 16
pH: 3.81
Alcohol: 14.5%
Acid: 5.8 g/L