2013 Forthright Merlot Long Barrel Reserve

Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

This is our flagship Merlot produced from grape vines planted in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. This is our version of a classic, barrel-aged, Right Bank-style Bordeaux wine.


Awards & Accolades

2020 Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold Medal - 96 Points
2019 San Francisco Chronicle: Double Gold Medal
2018 San Francisco International: Silver Medal

Tasting Notes

Fresh cherry, mint, black tea, coffee and gravel with plenty of patience. Cellar this wine for a decade or more, or open it now and pair it with Stilton, Comte and Gruyere.

Wine Specs

  • Appellation: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
  • Grower: Sourced from one of the best growers in Napa Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Merlot grapes
  • Clone: French Bordeaux Merlot Clone 181
  • Vines: 18 years old vines, 64 acre vineyard, 787 vines planted per acre
  • Harvest: Hand Picked on October 9, 2013
  • Fermentation: Fermented in small lots
  • Aging: Aged in French Oak Barrels for 60 months
  • Production: 156 cases produced
  • Alcohol: 15.8%
  • pH: 3.52, TA 7.49 g/L