The 2013 Ehlers Merlot is the reflection of an amazing vintage in Napa Valley. The wine shows deep red layers and intense color. Aromas of cedar, licorice, red cherries, raspberries, and vanilla, lead to more evolved dry herbs, caramelized orange peel, and mocha notes. The mouthfeel is fresh and vibrant. Great acidity and long velvety finish with a post taste of raspberries, coffee, and vanilla beans. The wine is complex and beautiful.
2013 was another great vintage in the Napa Valley. A warm, dry spring got the vines off to an exceptionally early start. No frost, no rain, no unusual heat waves, just endless days of California sunshine with classically warm afternoons and those cool nights that the grapevines adore. Budbreak was early, veraison was early, and the tempo continued right up until harvest. Great quality across the board, healthy fermentations, rich, complex, full bodied wines throughout the Napa Valley.
Farming: 100% CCOF Certified Organic
Oak Regime: 100% French Oak, 50% New Primary Coopers: Nadalie, St. Martin, Baron, Demptos
Harvest Date: September 14-15, 2013
Bottling Date: August 7, 2015
5% Cabernet Franc