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Merlot
40 Years of Napa Valley Roots
Napa Valley native and winemaker, Tony Coltrin, brings more than 40 years of winemaking experience to Oberon, with  expertise in sourcing quality fruit from the best vineyards in the valley and understanding the region’s uniqueness for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. His long-standing relationships with local growers ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown in premier Napa Valley sub-appellations for Oberon.

Vintage 2014

Despite the lack of rain during the spring, Napa Valley  had an excellent growing season and a harvest that provided an abundance of quality grapes. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather with a few large heat spikes, and plenty of cool and foggy nights, helped to ripen grapes our Oberon grapes to perfection.

Napa Valley Vineyards
To create Oberon Merlot, Tony sourced grapes from Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville district.  The deeper alluvial soils along with the perfect balance of cool mornings and warm afternoons make this are the perfect location for growing Bordeaux varietals.  Our Oberon Merlot flourishes in Oakville and we added some Syrah from Dry Creek vineyards.

Winemaking
To naturally soften tannins and enhance varietal complexity, Tony allowed the grapes to undergo extended maceration.  He then pressed the wine and transferred it to French oak barrels (45% new oak) to undergo a long malolactic fermentation for roundness and depth.  Using Syrah as a blender, adds a dark velvety feel to lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot.  Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

Blend: 89.8% Merlot, 9.8% Syrah, 0.4% Other varieties

Analysis:
Alcohol:  13.9%/vol.
TA:  6.0 g/L
pH:  3.58
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