The 2018 Textbook Merlot is a rich and complex red wine with a deep ruby color and a luxurious aroma of black cherry, plum, and cassis. On the palate, this Merlot is full-bodied and velvety smooth, with layers of dark fruit, chocolate, and hints of vanilla and spice. The tannins are firm but well-integrated, providing a long and satisfying finish.
This wine is crafted from premium grapes grown in the Napa Valley, where the cool coastal climate and well-drained soils produce exceptional fruit. The grapes are carefully harvested and sorted by hand, then fermented in small lots to ensure optimal flavor extraction. After fermentation, the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, which adds depth and complexity to the wine.
The 2018 Textbook Merlot is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of foods, including grilled meats, hearty stews, and rich pasta dishes. It also makes a great sipping wine on its own, whether enjoyed with friends or as a special treat after a long day. This Merlot is drinking beautifully now, but it will also age gracefully for several years to come.