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2017 Blueline Estate Merlot

2017 Blueline Estate Merlot

Tony Biagi
Jeff & Carolyn Smith
The Chilton & Clark Families
Vineyard Designation
Blueline Estate
Soil Series
Gravelly Cortina River Wash
Napa Valley
79% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec
Barrel Program
18 months, 66% new French oak, 33% seasoned oak

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Vintage Overview

Merlot is often planted on clay-based soils, yet there are none to be found at the Blueline Estate. Instead, its soils are the gravelly remnants of ancient, upturned river beds (the product of the two Blueline streams that formed them). These mineral-rich soils drive the exotic aromatics, density of fruit concentration and lifted tension in the wine and form the core DNA of this unique Merlot.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant and vivid, the 2017 Blueline Estate Merlot opens with a panoply of exotic spice and fruit aromatics, illuminated by a pure, red-fruited core. The hallmark fragrance of mandarin orange peel, Chinese five spice, and tangy, dark sour cherry hover atop an undercurrent of brambly forest floor aromas. Across the palate, the vibrant red fruit shines, accented by cassis and hoisin notes. While supple and gracious in texture, Blueline’s mineral-rich soils add defined firmness to its structure and noticeable lift on the finish. The subtle nuances of aromatics, flavor and texture give Blueline Merlot a uniquely wide breadth of food pairing options from Mediterranean to Asian fare. 

Other Vintages

2016 Blueline Estate Merlot
2015 Blueline Estate Merlot
2014 Blueline Estate Merlot
2013 Blueline Estate Merlot
2012 Blueline Estate Merlot
2011 Blueline Estate Merlot
2010 Blueline Estate Merlot
2009 Blueline Estate Merlot
2008 Blueline Estate Merlot
2007 Blueline Estate Merlot
2006 Blueline Estate Merlot