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2014 Singer Cellars Merlot Carneros Napa Valley California
Best of Class - 93pts
2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Fruit-forward, smooth and balanced, Singer Cellars wines are Bordeaux varietals and
blends produced from Napa Valley grapes.
We practice the old-world winemaking method of bâtonnage, or stirring the lees.
This process enhances the wine’s structure, gives it extra body, increases the aromatic
complexity, and produces a velvety rich mouthfeel.
Each wine ages for up to 20 months in French oak barrels. 40% is new, with the
balance in used French oak barrels. Drinkable upon release, our wines benefit from
additional cellar aging, which allows the wine’s complexities to develop and reveal themselves.
If there was ever a doubt, Merlot is back! This is especially true in the southern section of Napa Valley, where this noble grape variety thrives in the warm growing conditions near the San Pablo Bay. A great new expression of this style is crafted by winemaker Barry Singer, a devoted fan of this famous grape variety from the Bordeaux region in France.
From the very first sniff, the new Singer Cellars 2014 Merlot pulls you right in with scents of high tone red fruits, wild berries, mocha, vanilla bean, and fine French oak. In the glass, these enticing aromas lead to lively flavors of ripe raspberry, red cherry, plum, pepper, and roasted black walnuts. Equally important is the fact that the wine is very elegant, complex with a mixture of soft, velvety texture; firm tannins; and a long finish, which makes every sip that much more complex and enjoyable.
Try this wine with fig, prosciutto and roasted nuts; grilled salmon; gourmet sausages; juicy burgers with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and gruyere cheese; turkey with all the trimmings; and slow-roasted pork tenderloin.
Singer Cellars showcases Barry Singer’s passion for classic Bordeaux varietal blends. In 2004 Barry pursued a lifelong dream and began making wine. Fast-forward to today, and Singer Cellars is garnering awards and recognition for its silky, accessible yet robust red wines.
composition 100% Merlot
appellation Carneros, Napa
aging 20 months in French oak barrels, 40% new oak alcohol 14.3%
harvest October 9, 2015
bottled June 10, 2015
released Winter 2017
SRP: $40 Bottle/ $480 Case