Classic Howell Mountain minerality drives this deep purple Merlot, hailed as “stunning stuff” by Jeb Dunnuck, who noted “Lots of cassis, candied violets, scorched earth, and graphite...” in his glowing review. 2018 was a great vintage across the board in Napa Valley, and Chris Carpenter knows how to capture that gift in an exceptional, age-worthy Merlot.
Composed of 89.5% Merlot, 5.5% Tannat and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Merlot Howell Mountain was aged for 22 months in oak, 74% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with earthy notes of truffles, tilled soil and mossy tree bark with a core of warm cassis, blackberry preserves and fresh plums. Medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with fantastic freshness and loads of crunchy black fruit flavor layers, it finishes on a lingering mineral note.