Oberon Merlot

Napa Valley, California

Tony sources Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown specifically for this blend as they marry beautifully with this Merlot and bring out the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

Tasting Notes

Using Syrah and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

The 2019 vintage was a near-perfect growing season with cool weather through July into early August.  We then saw ideal warm weather conditions until the last fruit was resting safely under the watchful eyes of winemaking teams all over the Valley.  Harvest of our 2019 Merlot began in October and continued through the first week of November, with the long ripening season contributing to the development of beautiful fruit flavors.

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 and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the 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: 89.4% Merlot, 8.6% Syrah, 2% Zinfandel Alcohol 13.9% TA 6.3 g/L pH 3.56

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. Tony sources Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown specifically for this blend as they marry beautifully with this Merlot and bring out the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

Tony sources Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown specifically for this blend as they marry beautifully with this Merlot and bring out the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

Tasting Notes

Using Syrah and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

The 2018 vintage was a wonderful reminder of just how special and ideal a Harvest in Napa Valley can be.  The near-perfect growing season started later than previous years and saw ideal weather conditions until the last fruit was resting safely under the watchful eyes of winemaking teams all over the Valley.  The challenging heat and drizzly summer days of the 2017 growing season became just a memory as the beautifully set clusters of 2018 fruit ripened evenly in the cool mornings and warm afternoons.

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 and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the 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: 89.4% Merlot, 8.6% Syrah, 2% Zinfandel Alcohol 13.9% TA 6.2 g/L pH 3.76

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. Tony sources Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown specifically for this blend as they marry beautifully with this Merlot and bring out the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

Tony sources Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown specifically for this blend as they marry beautifully with this Merlot and bring out the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

Tasting Notes

Using Syrah and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

From record-breaking heat to drizzly summer days, the 2017 growing season was challenging for winemakers. Throughout the valley, temperatures soared well over 100 degrees for multiple days in late August and early September. This, coupled with temperatures in the 90’s and hot winds in early October caused a flurry of activity in the vineyards and wineries. The 2017 Vintage saw us harvest our Merlot vineyard in early October, and our Syrah and Zinfandel blenders mid to late September. We count ourselves very lucky to have safely harvested our fruit well beyond affected fire areas.

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 and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the 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: 87.7% Merlot, 10.9% Syrah, 1.4% Zinfandel Alcohol 13.9% TA 6.2 g/L pH 3.76

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. Tony sources Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown specifically for this blend as they marry beautifully with this Merlot and bring out the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

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.

Tasting Notes

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 and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot.  Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

Another year of drought conditions and a continued warm, dry winter season, resulted in an early bud break. Drought coupled with a cool Spring and long flowering period lead to uneven fruit set, smaller grape clusters and another year of lighter than usual crop. Temperatures throughout the growing season were a bit of a rollercoaster of hot and cold, forcing the fruit to ripen in waves. Despite the weather and light crop, we were able to harvest a crop offering beautiful rich character. We completed harvest before the October rains, which made the Napa Valley wetter than we’ve seen in a decade.

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 and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the 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: 87.3% Merlot, 9.7% Syrah, 3.0% Zinfandel Alcohol 13.9% TA 6.3 g/L pH 3.82

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. Tony sources Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown specifically for this blend as they marry beautifully with this Merlot and bring out the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit.

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.

Tasting Notes

Using Syrah and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

Despite receiving close to 75% of normal rainfall, the warmer and dryer than usual winter season, resulted in an early bud break that coupled with a cool Spring and long flowering period resulted in an uneven fruit set. Temperatures through the first half of the growing season were even and warm, giving way to repeated heat surges in the final ripening weeks that pushed the harvest ahead by 2 weeks. This weather pattern resulted in smaller than usual clusters and a lighter than usual crop of beautiful rich character.

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 and Zinfandel as blenders, adds a dark velvety feel to the lush berry flavor profile of the Merlot. Dense black fruit aromas are followed by blueberry and chocolate flavors, and supple tannins on the palate.

87.3% Merlot 9.7% Syrah 3.0% Zinfandel Alcohol 13.9% TA 6.2 g/L pH 3.65

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. He added some Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and Zinfandel from Middletown to enhance and soften the rich character of this delicious expressive Oakville fruit .

  • 92

    points

    Meredith May, The Tasting Panel, February 2022

    "PUBLISHER'S PICKS SECTION. Intense pomegranate and cherry pipe tobacco is compelling on nose and palate. Easy drinking with smooth tannins. Tart strawberry and red plum lend more fruit-filled notes followed by heather and white pepper."

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  • 90

    points

    Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    "With the addition of nearly 11% Syrah and just under 2% Zinfandel, this is a hearty red with both fruit and spice on the nose. Supple, velvety texture is highlighted in bold flavors of cassis, raspberry and plum, finishing with ease."

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  • 87

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    , Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

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  • 88

    points

    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2018

    "Loamy tasting, with smoky accents to the red currant, roasted plum and dried berry flavors. Mocha and spice details show on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 5,400 cases made."

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  • 90

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    Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, November 2017

    "A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors, followed by a sanguine finish that’s richly spiced."

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  • 90

    points

    Augustus Weed, Wine Spectator, August 2017

    "The Oberon shows the richness that Napa Merlot can achieve on its own.” A review from Kim Marcus is also included stating, “A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors that glide across the palate. The sanguine finish is richly spiced. Drink now through 2020"

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2018 Oberon Merlot – 90 points, Wine Enthusiast – Shelftalker

2019 Oberon Merlot – 92 points, Tasting Panel – Shelftalker

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Oberon Merlot – Non-Vintage – Bottle – Old Design

2016 Oberon Merlot – Tasting Note

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2015 Oberon Merlot Tasting Note