Capp Heritage Vineyards bottle

Capp Heritage Vineyards

Merlot, 2014

Merlot occupies only 14 percent of Napa’s acreage, compared with Cabernet’s 53 percent—but not at Capp Heritage Vineyards, where Merlot is Chris Markell’s favorite variety. “It’s a softer, smoother wine than many dark reds,” he says. This signature Merlot is a product of vines planted in 1972, but the vineyard’s history is much longer: Co-owner Daniel Capp’s ancestors planted one of Napa’s first vineyards in 1852—eight years after arriving by wagon train from Missouri.

Profile

Capp Heritage Vineyards Merlot is a fruit-forward, medium-bodied wine. Aging in moderately toasted French oak gives the wine spice and vanilla notes that don’t overwhelm the fruit.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Deep ruby
APPEARANCE
Deep ruby
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Vanilla
Raspberry
Five-spice
Violet

Pairing

This fruit-forward Merlot can stand up to the bold flavors of pork and beef dishes, but it also has the acidity to cut richer fare. Full-bodied reds are always great with gooey, cheesy meals.

More About The Wine

Napa Valley is one of the most glamorous wine-growing regions in the world. Capp Heritage Vineyards, in the city of Napa, is in the coolest, southernmost portion of the valley. Capp participates in the Fish Friendly Farming program, frequently using sustainable viniculture methods so its 211 acres will be preserved for future generations.

DID YOU KNOW?

While the Napa Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) is the most famous AVA in the U.S., it is also one of the smallest, producing only 4 percent of California’s wine grapes.

  • VARIETY
    Merlot
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Capp Heritage Vineyards
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Napa Valley, California
  • OAK
    100% French oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.8%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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