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- Written by Fred Swan
- Tuesday, 17 August 2010 23:21
Napa Cellars is known for reliable, affordably-priced wines from Napa Valley grapes. Sourcing the fruit from a variety of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley AVA is their key to consistency, allowing them to select grapes that will lead to balanced and flavorful wines each year. Their 2007 Merlot Napa Valley is a good example, though that vintage is so good in general that producing a good wine was undoubtedly less challenging than it may have been in some other years.
At just $22, the 2007 Napa Cellars Merlot hits all the marks, tastes good, and will go well with a meal. It looks serious in the glass with dark ruby color and legs. The nose offers cherry, toasted oak, dark chocolate, caramel with hints of violet and plum. The palate shows a balance of fruit, tannins and alcohol and is smooth enough to drink now but has sufficient structure to last a few years and go well with even rich meat dishes. Drink now through 2013. Recommended.
2007 Napa Cellars Merlot Napa Valley
Drink: Now through 2013
Retail Price: $22
Blend: 100% Merlot
Aging: ~ 12 months in 100% American oak, new and 1-year old barrels
This wine was received as a review sample. It was tasted blind.
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