Meritage Wine

Cellar No. 254 Napa Valley Meritage

/ 750ml
2014 Vintage
/ 750ml
2013 Vintage

2013 Louis M. Martini Cellar No. 254 Meritage wine opens with a dark reddish-purple hue and aromas of ripe cherry and brown spice. Rich and medium-bodied, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot combines mouth-filling flavors of cherry and blackberry with notes of cinnamon, licorice and sweet herbs for a balanced and well-integrated taste. Linear acidity marries with succulent fruit flavors for a long, silky finish.

2014 Louis M. Martini Cellar No. 254 Meritage is a richly flavored, full-bodied wine that opens with plush aromas of plum, cinnamon, and rosemary. Those weave through flavors that include raspberry jam, chocolate, mulling spices and vanilla bean. The elegant mouthfeel and superb balance of fruit, earthiness and herbs are framed by a seamless acidity. The long, silky finish includes hints of crème brûlée and promises the wine will age gracefully for years.

Awards:

2013 Cellar NO. 254 Napa Valley Meritage: 93 Points The Wine Advocate Robert M. Parker Jr. October 01 2015 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

2013 Vintage: The grapes were hand harvested, delivered to Cellar No. 254 in half-ton picking bins, then hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into open-top tanks. The blend's core was fermented in a 3.5-ton open top concrete fermenter. Grapes were punched down by hand 3-4 times daily through fermentation. Up to 10 days after fermentation, free run juice was drained and the must gently pressed in a 5-ton basket press. The wine was gravity racked into French oak barrels for malolactic. It remained in individual barrel lots for up to 18 months. Then the blend was assembled and sent back to barrels for a few more months, allowing the flavors to integrate before bottling. In total, the wine aged for 21 months in 100 percent French oak barrels, 44 percent of which was new.

2014 Vintage: The grapes were hand harvested, delivered to Cellar No. 254 in half-ton picking bins, then hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into open-top tanks. The blend’s core was fermented in small 2.5- to 7-ton open top fermenters. The cap was alternately punched down and pumped over 3-4 times daily through fermentation for ideal intensity. Up to 10 days after fermentation, free run juice was drained and the must gently pressed in a 5-ton basket press. The wine was gravity racked into French oak barrels for malolactic. It remained in individual barrel lots for up to 18 months. Then the blend was assembled and sent back to barrels for a few more months to allow the flavors to integrate. In total, the wine aged for 21 months in 100 percent new French oak barrels.

Viticulture notes:

2013 Vintage: The grapes for this wine were selected from some of the most premier growing regions in Napa Valley, including Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain and Oakville. Conditions in the Napa Valley were excellent through the 2013 growing season, creating another classic vintage. Spring was dry and mild, with a timely bud break and an even fruit set. Summer into fall had warm days and cool nights, giving the vines ideal growing conditions and producing rich fruit with good structure and flavors. Dry weather continued into a relatively early harvest, allowing the fruit to be picked at optimal maturity and balance.

2014 Vintage: The grapes for this wine were selected exclusively from some of the most premier mountain vineyards in Napa Valley on Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain and the renowned Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak. Conditions in the 2014 season were excellent—dry and warm, with early bud break, steady temperatures and long hang time. Consistently mild temperatures through spring and summer let the grapes ripen fully and evenly, then an unusually long harvest gave us concentrated, well-structured fruit with exceptional quality and depth.