We crafted this wine to be reflective of the vintage, the varietal and several renowned subappellations of Napa Valley. After careful destemming, the grapes were cold soaked, and then selected yeasts were added to start fermentation. Careful monitoring of the fermentation, natural clarification by gravity and age-old Bordeaux techniques produced a wine that is elegant yet rich.A medium ruby in color, the wine opens to lush red currant, blackberry and black cherry aromas, with hints of pepper and black olive evident as well. On the palate, these same flavors mingle with clove and spice, finishing with notes of cranberry and pastry crust. A long, lingering finish makes this very attractive for youthful consumption. As with any classic Merlot, thanks to the integrated tannins this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for 5 years. Lovely on its own, it pairs beautifully with veal roast, coq au vin and subtle, hard cheeses.
This Merlot elegantly complements poultry or red meats roasted with caramelized vegetables, or lasagna layered with mushrooms and sausage.
Provenance Vineyards showcases the distinctiveness of Napa Valley’s best growing areas: Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford and Oakville; Merlot from Carneros and Mount Veeder. All of its grapes come from the Napa Valley and are hand harvested at optimal maturity for the finest quality. Provenance’s approachable, yet cellar-worthy wines display a symmetry of elegance and power.