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2011 Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Suscol Ranch
Harvest Date
Oct 18, 2011
Aging
17 months in French oak barrels (87% new, 13% once-used)
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SKU: 003-MSU116
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Suscol Ranch
Harvest Date
Oct 18, 2011
Aging
17 months in French oak barrels (87% new, 13% once-used)
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2011 Suscol Merlot is elegant and balanced with aromas of cedar, tar, and berry. Flavors of dark plum, herb, and cedar are followed by earthy notes that add a unique flavor to this vintage, while the toasty, French oak offers suppleness to the palate. The silky entry gets fleshier as the fine tannins from this vintage build on the middle palate and progress into a long, smooth finish.
Vineyard Notes
The nine-acre Suscol Ranch is located in Jamieson Canyon, south of the city of Napa. The area is very cool, with dense fog early in the season and windy conditions all year long. The vines are planted on a gentle, north-facing knoll of deep, loamy soil and are cordon trained to give the grapes maximum sun exposure. The cool conditions allow the fruit to mature slowly, gracefully developing flavors and mature tannins.