2016 Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley
2016 Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley
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SKU: 003-MSU166

Dark plum aromas, a velvety palate and layers of succulent fruit flavors with spice and tobacco accents make this one of our most compelling -- and food friendly -- Napa Valley Merlots year after year.

Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 7, 2016
French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used)
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2016 Suscol Merlot offers a perfect harmony of juicy and succulent flavors. A small swirl coaxes enticing aromas of dark plum, green olive and cedar from the glass. Earthy notes of tobacco leaf, olive, tar and spice blend nicely with the dark, sweet fruit. From year to year, this wine’s distinctiveness lies in the lush, velvety tannins that expand upon the initial sip and develop with richness through the finish. This wine pairs beautifully with food and benefits from a little bottle age in your cellar.
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. Planted on a gentle, north-facing knoll of deep, loamy soil, the vines 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.