Plumpjack Merlot 2018 (Napa Valley, California) - [WS 91] [WA 90]

Plumpjack Merlot 2018
(Napa Valley, California) - [WS 91] [WA 90]


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About the Winery:
Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty established PlumpJack Winery in 1995, naming the property after one of Shakespeare's most memorable characters, Sir John "PlumpJack" Falstaff. PlumpJack's down-to-earth, fun-loving, irreverent nature shows in their wines. In 2005, John Conover, Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty founded CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain as a complement to the valley floor terroir of PlumpJack Winery. Like PlumpJack, CADE takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to refer to the wine casks -or cades- used to transport wine from Bordeaux to England in Elizabethan times. 

Notes From The Winemaker:
Our Merlot vineyard is in the Oak Knoll region of the Napa Valley, and is nestled up to the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the west side of the valley. The mild climate and alluvial soils in this region lend this wine great balance and structure. The mild temperatures allow these grapes to develop bright aromatics and flavors, along with a beautiful natural acidity and elegance. The alluvial soils bring darker fruits to the nose and palate, and give this wine its structure and concentration.

94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 vintage has a beautiful and complex nose black cherry, boysenberry jam, plum, and fresh cut flowers come through first, then cardamom, nutmeg, and a touch of cocoa and vanilla enter giving the nose depth and intrigue. The palate too has great depth and complexity flavors of red cherries, muddled berries, and dried herbs, with a creamy texture and silky tannin complimented by a fresh, vibrant acidity.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Well-structured, with a minerally core of vibrant red cherry and currant flavors that feature hints of green olive. The well-knit finish is spicy, with lots of chocolaty overtones. Drink now through 2024. 5,934 cases made." - KM (Nov 30, 2020)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2018 Merlot is a blend of 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sails out of the glass with expressive notes of blackberry pie, stewed plums and sautéed herbs plus hints of tar, black pepper and fertile loam. The palate is full-bodied and laden with juicy black fruit flavors, supported by soft, rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing with a lively herbal lift." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Nov 2020)