2016 Plumpjack Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1376592 94 points Vinous

 The 2016 Merlot is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. Savory, aromatic and dense, the Merlot is a serious wine with a lot to offer. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, game, cedar and licorice all run through this super-expressive, nuanced Merlot. Time in the glass brings out a more floral, red-toned character in the fruit. The 2016 is a blend of Oak Knoll Merlot and Malbec from the estate. (AG)  (12/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Containing a 4% splash of Malbec, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Merlot opens with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, plum preserves, spice cake and black pepper with hints of garrigue and wild sage. Full-bodied and boldly fruited in the mouth, the juicy black fruit is well framed by rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and spicy. (LPB)  (10/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Pure and juicy flavors of dark currant, raspberry and cherry pastry are supported by crisp tannins and fresh acidity. Long, minerally finish offers hints of tapenade and cedar box. (KM)  (7/2019)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Merlot Napa Valley (there's a splash of Malbec in the blend) reveals a deep purple/ruby color to go with plenty of black cherry, espresso, crushed rock, and graphite aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied, firm tannins, terrific purity, and ample length, give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following decades.  (1/2019)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.