PlumpJack Naqpa Valley Merlot 2016 - The Grape Tray

PlumpJack Naqpa Valley Merlot 2016

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PlumpJack Naqpa Valley Merlot 2016


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Winery Notes:

The 2016 vintage has layers of aromatics ranging from black cherry, plum, and raspberry to graham cracker, vanilla, butterscotch, and sweet hickory smoke. These flavors extend to the palate, which has a rich and silky entry with bright acidity and firm structure, resulting in great tension, balance, and persistence on the finish.

Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand PlumpJack
Alcohol/vol 15.4%
  • v94

VinousThe 2016 Merlot is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. Savory, aromatic and dense, the Merlot is a serious wine with a lot to offer. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, game, cedar and licorice all run through this super-expressive, nuanced Merlot. Time in the glass brings out a more floral, red-toned character in the fruit. The 2016 is a blend of Oak Knoll Merlot and Malbec from the estate.

Antonio Galloni, December 2018
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Wine AdvocateContaining a 4% splash of Malbec, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Merlot opens with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, plum preserves, spice cake and black pepper with hints of garrigue and wild sage. Full-bodied and boldly fruited in the mouth, the juicy black fruit is well framed by rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and spicy.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 28, 2018
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Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Merlot Napa Valley (there's a splash of Malbec in the blend) reveals a deep purple/ruby color to go with plenty of black cherry, espresso, crushed rock, and graphite aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied, firm tannins, terrific purity, and ample length, give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following decades.

January 2019