The William Hill Napa Valley Merlot is produced from fruit grown primarily in the mountain and benchland vineyards just south of Stags Leap in Napa Valley. Merlot from this growing region typically exhibits lush berry and raspberry flavors. The grapes were hand harvested October 6-20, 2001 at an average 25.6Âº Brix. Partial whole berry fermentation softens tannins, allowing the fruit flavors and succulent texture to shine on the palate. The 2001 Napa Valley Merlot shows forward flavors of boysenberry and blueberry that are complemented by spice, toasty oak and soft vanilla nuances. This is a full-bodied Merlot with a silky mouthfeel and rich lush texture. This rich Merlot is a great match for roasted beef, lamb or wild game. It also pairs nicely with simpler fare, such as tomato and herb pasta, hearty soups or fresh mozzarella pizza.
Wine EnthusiastWow, is this a good wine. It's filled with succulent blackberry and cherry flavors, and the oak is just right. It's dry, balanced and harmonious, with exquisitely soft, sweet tannins. It would earn an even higher score with greater fruit concentration.
Wine SpectatorConcentrated, with ripe currant, black cherry and cola flavors. Herb and spice notes harmonize with cedary oak and healthy tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 14,425 cases made.