2014 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: Silver Medal - 92 Points
2020 San Francisco Chronicle: Silver Medal

Tasting Notes

Powerful, concentrated black cherry, clove, peppermint, bay leaf, tobacco and leather. This is wine for cold nights and ribeyes, grilled medium-rare and slathered with truffle butter.

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 year old vines, 64 acre vineyard, 787 vines planted per acre
  • Harvest: Hand Picked on October 11, 2014
  • Fermentation: Fermented in small lots
  • Aging: Aged in French Oak Barrels for roughly 48 months
  • Production: 86 cases produced
  • Alcohol: 15.8%
  • pH 3.57, TA 6.91 g/L