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

The backbone of this Merlot is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, where the appellation begins at its ascent into the Mayacamas mountain range. The small berry clusters and intense fruit from low-yielding vines create a wine with full flavor and longevity. Both vineyards are under long-term contracts, providing consistency from vintage to vintage.

Tasting Notes: This Merlot delivers multi-layered aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, fresh-baked brioche, vanilla bean and dark chocolate. A medium-bodied wine with plush tannins and a long finish of fresh blackberries.

Napa Valley
Wine Type
100% Merlot
Vineyard blocks 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 20 months. 27% new barrels were used to maintain maximum fruit flavors with just a hint of toasty oak.
728 (9-liter cases)

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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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