2015 Plumpjack Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1323078 93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Merlot is gorgeous. Soft, open-knit and radiant, the 2015 is all class. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, mocha and espresso resonate beautifully in this lush Merlot that will provide immense pleasure pretty much upon release. Expressive aromatics complement the wine's textural resonance and enveloping personality beautifully. This luscious, bold Merlot is first class all the way. (AG)  (3/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 A chewy Merlot with lots of ripe tannins and plenty of berry and hazelnut character. Full and rich but not overdone. Drink in 2020.  (5/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Made from 100% varietal, the 2015 Merlot is a charming, rounded, sexy effort that gives up lots of blackberry and black cherry fruits, aromas of cedar, spice and hints of vanilla oak, and a supple, forward style on the palate ideal for drinking over the coming decade.  (12/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Merlot features warm plums, baking spices, dusty earth and licorice notions on the nose with a touch of dusty earth. Full-bodied, softly textured and packed with rich, spicy fruit, it delivers a nice, long plum-laced finish. (LPB)  (10/2017)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.