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Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Trevor Durling
As  the  name  suggests,  the  pedigree  of  Provenance  wines  is  of  utmost  importance.  Harvesting the highest quality fruit in the Napa Valley, forging enduring  relationships  with  the  region’s  top  winegrape  producers.  Winemakers  Trevor  Durling  and  John  Hazak  are  purists,  relying  on  the  finest  winemaking  traditions  to  extract  elegant,  powerful  wines  that  express  their  premium  vineyard  origins rather than the winemakers’ interventions.

Tasting Notes

Silky  and  elegant,  the  2013  Napa  Valley  Merlot  gracefully  reveals  its  fruit-driven  character  of  ripe  cherry  and  blackberry  compote.  Hints  of  dark  chocolate  and  hazelnut meld with a savory edge of pipe tobacco and bay leaf. The well-knit acidity enlivens the mouth-filling flavors, while supple tannins frame the wine and give age worthiness. Complex baking spice nuances from three types of oak barrels—French, American and Hungarian—weave through this Merlot’s generous varietal expression.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 vintage surpassed even the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A winter  with  very  low  rainfall  was  followed  by  a  dry,  warm  spring  and  summer.  These  factors  resulted  in  balanced  vine  canopies,  good  fruit  set  and  small,  concentrated   grapes.   Perfect   weather   throughout   harvest   fostered   intense,   beautifully balanced and expressive wines.

Vineyard Notes

Seventy  percent  of  the  grapes  are chosen from  our  Los  Amigos  Vineyard  in  the  Los  Carneros and twenty-five percent from the Oak Knoll American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Napa  Valley.  The  Merlot  grown  in  the  cool  Los  Carneros  AVA—closer  to  the  San  Francisco  Bay—contributes  bright  flavors  and  acidity,  while  Merlot  grapes  from  the  Oak Knoll AVA gives the wine rich, ripe flavors and softer texture. Five percent  Cabernet  Sauvignon  are selected from  Wooden  Valley,  which  lies  in  the  eastern  side  of  the  Napa  Valley  appellation.  The  different  soil  types  and  mesoclimates  found  in  these appellations add to the wine’s myriad of complex flavors.

Winemaker Notes

The  hand-harvested  grapes  were quickly brough to  our  winery  and  the clusters were destemmed,  retaining  60  percent  as  whole  berries  to  maximize  fruitiness  in  the  wine.  For gentle extraction of varietal character and color, the must is cold soakedfor two days  before  the  two-week  primary  fermentation.  Malolactic  fermentation  was  conducted  in  barrels  during  aging  to  round  the  acidity.  A  selection  of  new  barrels  gave subtle oak spice complexity to this generously fruity Merlot.