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2019 Moon Vineyard Merlot, Napa Valley
Vineyards & Winemaking
The 2019 Fiftyrow Merlot opens with complex aromas of blueberry and blackberry and fresh hints of cardamom, anise and other exotic spices. The dark fruit fl avors continue over to the palate, with notes of forest fl oor, and the exotic spices that you picked on the nose. This is a big Merlot with elegant tannins that provide structure and will help this wine age gracefully.
The Moon Vineyard lies in the southern part of the Napa Valley, not far from Domain Carneros. Until recently, this fruit was purchased by one of the iconic names in Napa Merlot. We were able to pry some of this fruit from Jim Moon to make our 2019 Fiftyrow Moon Vineyard Merlot. Jim has two sections to his vineyard: the lower section and the upper section. We decided to take a mix of both sections and, after working with this fruit, we are glad we did. We did everything by hand from sorting to punch downs and then aged it 15 months in 40 % new French oak barrels.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
Alcohol Content: 13.8%
French barrels 40% new 30%
once used and 30% neutral
Cellar Potential: 10-12 years.
Winemaker: Paul Johnson
Formed in 2002 by business executive Paul Johnson and his partner, legendary 100pt. Napa winemaker Gary Galleron (formerly of Vineyard 29, Grace Family, Whitehall Lane, Chateau Montelena, Hartwell, Del Dotto and Seavey). Paul and Gary built the brand to an under the radar favorite in homes and restaurants from New York to Los Angeles. Paul had told Gary from the beginning, “do not make the wine, teach me to make the wine”.Discover More