Trefethen "The Cowgirl and the Pilot" 2016 Merlot Napa Valley


"In 1973, in a quiet agricultural valley north of San Francisco, a young Navy veteran and a former California rodeo queen fell in love over a bottle of wine. Their love blossomed and while she kept riding and he kept flying, together they built a winery and a family, helping to shape the Napa Valley and the American fine wine industry along the way. Crafted from the finest lots of Merlot from our estate vineyards, this wine is our tribute to them, Napa pioneers: Janet and John Trefethen."

"Much of our winter rain came late, with almost 12 inches in
March alone. With a very warm spring, the vines were running
about three weeks early heading into the summer months. July
and August were cooler than average, with foggy mornings,
mild sunny afternoons and no severe heat spells. Vineyard
temperatures rose again in September and harvest dates were
early by about two weeks. The heat in the spring and again
in the fall provided welcome bookends to the mild summer.
The grapes benefited from increased hang time and showed
fantastic character development.

Rich, fragrant notes of dark ripe blackberries, raw cacao, and
incense with a touch of violet envelop the nose. Generous on the
palate, the velvety texture leads to layers of sumptuous black
cherry and dark chocolate beautifully integrated with toasted
spice tones of cigar box and anise. This stunning merlot with
incredible structure and balance can be appreciated now or in
the years to come as it will continue to develop exquisitely.

Winery Chef Chris Kennedy suggests pairing this incredible
wine with rich savory foods that include mushrooms and
parmesan cheese. He states this bold merlot with elegant
tannins is spectacular when enjoyed with caramelized beef."

Collections: Domestic, Domestic - Merlot, Wine

Type: WINE

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