1997 Merlot

1997 Merlot

 

 

Tasting Notes

The 1997 Seavey Merlot truly honors the traditions in Pomerol and those of the Right Bank.  Well over a decade after its release, the tannin in this wine still maintains its integrity and fruit profile, with mature dark fruit notes throughout.  We are proud to offer you a Merlot from 1997 that has not simply stood up to the test of time, but has embraced it and evolved into a mature wine that provides extraordinary character. It has a saturated purple color, is full bodied and rich with lots of jammy fruit, black cherries, earth and chocolate, and opulent texture and excellent purity and length.

Vineyard Notes

Seavey Vineyard’s fourth estate produced Merlot, the 1997, was made from 100% Merlot grapes grown primarily on a gradually sloping East-facing block near the top of the vineyard. The 1997 growing season began with an early, mild Spring and little rain which allowed good blossoming and fruit set, and the cool summer weather, especially in August, encouraged even ripening. The grapes were harvested on September 11 at optimal ripeness of sugar and tanning and with concentrated fruit flavors.


Appellation
Napa Valley
Blend
100% Merlot
Production
200 Cases
Barrels
100% French Oak (40% new)
Cellaring
2000 - 2019
Alcohol %
14.1
Winemaking Team
Philippe Melka

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