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2015 Smith Wooton, Melange, Napa Valley

The 2015 Smith Wooton Melange, Napa Valley is a classic Right Bank Bordeaux blend composed of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  This wine was carefully crafted by the Benton family to display elegance, finesse and age worthy gracefulness.  

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Tasting Notes

2015 Smith Wooton Mélange is a beautiful wine that highlights the combination of red fruit and floral aromas that Cabernet Franc and Merlot lend. Extended barrel aging enhances the fine tannin structure and adds to the wine’s aging potential. The wine opens with an exotic mix of pretty plums, dark berries and hints of fresh herbs. Blackberries and cherries tease the palate before exploding into a wine that is broad and mouth filling, elegant and focused from beginning to the long lingering finish. This wine has the balance to age gracefully for a decade

Vineyard Notes

This Right Bank Bordeaux Style Blend was produced from Cabernet Franc from the Flinn Vineyard and Merlot from the Longwood Ranch. These two iconic vineyards combine to create a wine that is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Production Notes

Small lot fermentations in one ton bins allows for the individual varietals to reach their full potential and complexity. Gentle handling in the winery limits the extraction of harsh tannins, producing a wine with elegance and balance.

Winemaker Notes

I have always loved the Merlot and Cabernet Franc based wines from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. This wine is the result of years of research looking for the absolutely best vineyards to produce our style of wine

Ratings

91 Points James Suckling

Wine Profile

Vintage 2015
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Cabernet Franc/Merlot
Varietal Composition 60% Cabernet Franc 40% Merlot
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Date Oct 15 2015
PH 3.83
Aging 30 Months French Oak
Barrel Aging 30 Months French Oak 33% Neutral French Oak 33% New French Oak Nevers Forest 33% Once Used French Oak
Ageability 10+ Years
Bottling Date 2/01/18
Tannin Fine
Alcohol % 14.5
Size 750 ml