2020 Napa Valley Merlot

Composed of separate lots from Oak Knoll and Yountville, this classically crafted Merlot brings all the power and plush texture you’d expect in the highest caliber Napa Valley Merlots. The intense aromas of plum, briary berry, mocha and allspice meet their match in a mid-palate of black stone fruits. Juicy with chewy tannins that provide backbone and structure. Versatile for pairing with a variety of foods, this balanced Merlot is a crowd-pleasing pour.

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  • Aged 14 months in French Oak, 30% New
  • Alcohol 13.6%
  • pH 3.69

Tasting Notes with Founder Jonathan Pey

OUTSHINERY Textbook Merlot 2020

Vintage: 2020

Varietal: 98% Merlot, 2% Malbec

AVA: Napa Valley

  • Oakville's gravelly alluvium and loam soils stress the vines, leading to rich aromatic and flavor complexity, while Oak Knoll brings a "pop" of bright cherry and vibrant red fruit.

  • An essential accompaniment to a medium-rare filet, spring lamb dishes, and the ever-popular charcuterie board.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is blended in to provide a strong backbone and tannin structure, which perfectly balances the plush texture of Merlot.

  • "Spicy, with subtle ginger hints to the raspberry and red cherry flavors, which linger with vanilla bean notes."

    - 2019 Napa Valley Merlot Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator

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Our Vision

We like to think of our Napa Valley Merlot as our right place, right time wine. You’d be hard-pressed to find a California region where Merlot flourishes better than in the Napa Valley. The slightly longer growing season allows those lush, plush qualities to mature while also giving enough space for the fruit to come to life. The ideal amount of tannin gives the wine enough structure for aging.

Abigail Horstman signature

— Abigail Horstman, Winemaker

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Your Experience

Our 2020 Napa Valley Merlot checks all the boxes. It’s balanced, layered, complex, and so flavorful. Enjoy by the fire while glamping, at a romantic dinner for two, with an elevated home cooked meal, or at any occasion that calls for a slow-sipping wine.