Napa Valley Merlot is of the highest quality, and the region is famous for not only outstanding expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon but also Merlot. Napa Valley offers an ideal combination of topography, geology and climate that enables Merlot fruit to reach optimum ripeness, balance, power and finesse. For the 2014 Platinum Merlot, grapes were selected from Yountville, Oak Knoll and Diamond Mountain.
2014 was a beautiful, near ‘textbook’ vintage for the Napa Valley along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer temperatures remained mild and consistent, and grapes for the 2014 Platinum Merlot were harvested on September 16, 19 and 30.