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2014 Merryvale Profile

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October 29, 2023 - $78

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RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

A big-time winner, although whether it justifies twice the price of anything else is up to the reader. Rich, inky purple-colored, with sweet crème de cassis, blueberry, forest floor and spice box, the wine is full-bodied and opulent

94+ Jeb Dunnuck

Offers terrific notes of cassis, toasted spices, burning embers, and licorice. Possessing full-bodied richness, it's beautifully concentrated and has terrific purity of fruit, as well as good acidity, building tannin and a great finish.

93Wine Spectator

Aromatically complex, firm, dense and chewy on the palate, with taut dark berry, crushed rock, licorice, anise and cedar notes. Ends long and persistent. Built to age. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,