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.
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.