Taub Family Vineyards Oakville Merlot 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
|Brand||Taub Family Vineyards|
Taub Family Vineyards was born out of a dream four generations in the making. It’s a story that began during a pivotal time in U.S. wine history, just days after Prohibition was repealed, and one that is far from completion. The latest chapter is now unfolding as Proprietor Marc D. Taub and his son Jake explore some of California’s most exciting appellations.
Wine has always been the centerpiece of the family’s narrative and livelihood and Marc D. Taub grew up with a deep appreciation for the art of winemaking. His grandfather Marty played an instrumental role in the wine business from the early 1930s, and Marc’s father David later joined Marty’s side to build upon his dream. Marc always knew he would follow in their footsteps. This came to fruition in 2013, when Marc acquired Napa Valley producer Heritance – which later evolved to Taub Family Vineyards. The winery represents some of the best sites in Napa Valley. Each wine embodies a pure expression of its respective AVA and vineyard microsite and is crafted for elegance and extraordinary balance.
The valley oak pictured on the label, a familiar part of any Napa Valley landscape, honors the family’s provenance, while the diamond at the base of the tree represents the seed planted for the legacy of generations to come.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 87% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot
WINEMAKERS: Tom Hinde
TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES: This Merlot from the Oakville AVA, is planted with clone 3, on fluvial soils and fine-grained sandy loam. This is a dry-farmed vineyard.
WINEMAKING & AGEING: Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and hand-sorted. Cold soak for 3-5 days, followed by approx. 14 days of fermentation with 3 daily pump-overs. Fermented to dry on skins with an additional 7 to 14 days extended maceration to optimize the flavor, mouthfeel, and tannin structure of the wine. Drained, pressed, and transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. Aged for 22 months in 50% new French oak.
TASTING NOTES: Fruit-driven aromatics of boysenberry, strawberry, and plum with more subtle notes of sandalwood, black tea, graham cracker, and vanilla. These flavors extend to the palate, which opens with a soft and silky entry followed by a mid-palate bolstered by bright acidity and a firm structure. The result is a beautifully balanced wine full of tension and elegance with mouthwatering fruit and a remarkably soft yet persistent finish.
Raspberry and red-cherry aromas meet darker plum and black-cherry flavors in this full-bodied, smooth and moderately tannic wine. It shows good balance and should drink best through 2030.
Juicy, with vibrant acidity to the cherry and dried raspberry flavors. There are dried green herb accents in the midpalate, and the minerally finish is backed by firm tannins. Drink now through 2024.