Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley
Waterstone Winery
United States - California - Napa Valley

Vintage: A warm, dry spring brought early bud break in 2013; we experienced ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity. Early ripening varietals came off the vines by early September, with perfect ripeness and ideal hang time. Two brief mid-September rains had virtually no impact, as sunny weather dried the grapes almost immediately. Cool, sunny weather throughout October allowed great flavor development. Overall, the 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent.

Tasting Notes: Sweet cherry, ripe plum, hints of vanilla and overtones of anise and aged leather appear in the aroma. On the palate, this generous wine features cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and a lingering finish.

Napa Valley
Wine Type
100% Merlot
Vineyards were hand-picked at the peak of maturity. Following harvest, the grapes were gently crushed and fermented. The wines were then aged in small French oak barrels with extended lees contact for 18 months. Only 15% new barrels were used to maintain maximum fruit flavors with just a hint of toasty oak.
970 cases (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2017 Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley - 90 PTS - JS

2017 Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"Pretty aromas of red plums, currants, orange zest, walnuts and black tea. It’s medium-to full-bodied with sleek, fine tannins. Smooth and flavorful. Drink or hold."

- James Suckling (January 2021), 90 pts

2012 Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley - 90 PTS - JS

2012 Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley - 90 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A soft and juicy red with blueberry and chocolate character. Full and silky. Delicious now. - James Suckling"

- James Suckling (July 28th 2015), 90 pts


Producer Information: Waterstone Winery

Phillip Zorn and Brent Shortridge, both with extensive experience in wine industry, formed Waterstone Winery in 2000 to create “luxury wines at affordable prices”. Waterstone owns no land or winemaking ...
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