Grapes for the 2014 Napa Cellars Merlot were sourced primarily from the Oak Knoll region, along with smaller portions from Carneros, Napa Valley and Rutherford—all regions ideal for cultivating Merlot grapes. The moderate to cool climate in Napa Valley supports an extended growing season, resulting in wines of elegance and complexity.
The 2014 growing season was another remarkable vintage for all varieties across Napa Valley. Exposure to late fall rain was largely avoided, thanks to one of the earliest harvests on record in the region. Although much of the fruit had already been picked by late August, a significant earthquake struck Napa on August 24, leaving growers and vintners with some unexpected twists during harvest season. Overall, the early harvest ensured optimal ripeness and excellent flavor development in the vineyard and great depth and complexity in the glass.
Once harvested, the fruit underwent a 10- to 14-day maceration period to maximize color and flavor extraction and to polish the tannins. After the fermentation process was complete, the wine was aged for 24 months in 100% French Oak barrels.