2019 Kuleto Estate Merlot, Napa Valley
Aromas of dark fruit, rich black cherry, blackberry, red plum, and notes of dusty graphite, violets, toffee, and spice on the nose. Flavors of dark berries with black cherry, dark chocolate, are complemented by notes of vanilla, smoky tobacco and soft leather. This approachable wine showcases a medium to full-bodied palate with well-structured tannin and balanced acidity through a long finish.
Kuleto is one of the most complex and diverse wine producing properties in the world. Located in the volcanic mountains of eastern Napa our estate features vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hillsides. Our soils, exposures, elevation changes and sub-climates are so complex that we’ve delineated our property into dozens of micro-blocks. Each of these tiny plots is treated as an individual vineyard with varieties, clones, rootstocks, density, trellising and farming methods tailored specifically to the site.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine pairs great with Korean BBQ or smoked meats. We recommend serving it at about 65-68 degrees for maximum pleasure.
For winemaker Giovani Verdejo, there is a mutual understanding that all but a small percentage of the winemaker’s work is done in the vineyard. Keeping the vineyard’s serpentine twists and exposures in mind, the best-suited varietals for each block have been selected. Working with the land, not against it, the individually terraced lots are not oriented to one central direction, but instead are planted to maximize the benefits of their natural location.