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2021 Plumpjack Merlot

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

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Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

93Vinous / IWC

...heady, racy wine... Lavender, spice, blue/purplish fruit, menthol and crème de cassis all take shape in the glass.

91The Wine Advocate

...nose features caramelized black cherries, cinnamon, mocha, brown sugar and similar sensations, while the full-bodied palate is round, ripe and supple, even a bit creamy in texture, with a soft, plush finish.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

Rutherford AVA is just north of the Oakville AVA in the heart of Napa Valley, and it is equally distinguished. It is home to Beaulieu Vineyard and inglenook, arguably Napa Valley’s most historically influential wineries. Inglenook started making in wine in the late 19th century, and Beaulieu Vineyards was producing by the first years of the 20th century. BV founder Georges de Latour is particularly esteemed for having recruited Andre Tchelistcheff, a renowned research oenologist, to move from France to Napa Valley in 1938 and run BV’s winemaking. The legendary Tchelistcheff brought European winemaking techniques to Napa Valley and vastly improved wine quality. Other Rutherford winemakers followed his lead. Today there are 5,000 vineyard acres in Rutherford and many acclaimed producers. The famous Silverado Trail with its exclusive, limited production wineries, runs partly through Rutherford AVA. Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignons are characterized by supple tannins, richness, notes of cherry and plum, depth and the ability to age for several decades. Besides Cabernet Sauvignon the AVA also grows Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. It received its AVA designation in 1994.

TYPE

Red Wine, Merlot

The Merlot grape is such a deep blue that it is named for the blackbird. It’s an early ripening grape and one of the primary varietals used In Bordeaux. Merlot is also grown in the "International style," which is harvested later to bring out more tannins and body.