2014 Hall Napa Valley Merlot

Winery

Hall Wines encompasses a total of 500 acres of vines on estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford, Pope Valley, Atlas Peak as well as in the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Since 2003, Craig Hall and Kathryn Walt Hall have showcased state-of-the-art Napa Valley viticulture, winemaking, architecture and hospitality. Hailing from Texas, Craig Hall has been a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist and real estate developer. Kathryn Walt Hall grew up in Mendocino, where her family tended vineyards, supplying grapes to several wineries in the region. After a career in law as well as serving as United States Ambassador to Austria, she and Craig returned to California, determined to make a mark in the Napa Valley wine industry. Hall’s estate vineyards offer a rich palette of valley floor and high-elevation terroirs and microclimates from which to craft a range of appellation and single-vineyard wines and proprietary blends. The wines are based mainly on the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc and are produced in two state-of-the-art wineries. HALL St. Helena is the site of one of the Napa Valley’s earliest wineries built in 1885. The old “ghost winery” building is being restored as a testament to the history of Napa winemaking. It stands next to Hall’s new facility, where the largest share of Hall wines are produced. HALL Rutherford is a gravity flow winery that features stunning design, artisanship as well as artworks the Halls have collected. It is designed specifically for the production of small-lot wine, such as reserve bottlings or proprietary blends. Though Hall is relatively new to the Napa Valley, its team of winemakers, vineyard managers and consultants are dedicated to realizing the visions of the founders. The stellar scores the wines have received show that effort is paying off.

Wine

The 2014 Hall Merlot showcases what we love best about this Noble Bordeaux variety. It exhibits vibrant red fruit, a soft, lush texture and great depth. By sourcing fruit from the winery’s estate as well as growers up and down the Napa Valley, Hall Winery has crafted a dark, lush, weighty and distinctive wine that Merlot lovers can savor for years to come. Like the previous year, 2014 was a stellar Napa Valley vintage that produced aromatically expressive, rich and energetic red wines. Notes of spice, chocolate and toasty oak accent the cherry and raspberry, and refreshing acidity and firm tannins suggest potential for aging. This Merlot would pair well juicy meat dishes, such as burgers, braised pork or chicken, or even Chinese-style roast duck. 

Winemaking

A cold soak preceded the fermentation of carefully-sorted berries on natural yeasts. The wine was blended prior to 20 months aging in 45% new French oak. It was bottled without filtration.

Tasting notes

92 points – Wine Spectator. Rose petal, raspberry, chocolate and vanilla notes greet the nose while the palate is plush and voluminous and full of rich spice and dark fruit flavors.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varietal

Merlot

Size

750ml

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

15.3%

UPC

892159000327