2015 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

Plum, fig, cassis and hot chocolate. A wine that easily could have an Argentinian cousin. Pair it, apres ski, with Gouda, Raclette or fondue with fresh baked Mountain Bread.

Wine Specs

  • Appellation: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
  • Grower: Sourced from arguably the best grower 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 15, 2015
  • Fermentation: Fermented in small lots
  • Aging: Aged in French Oak Barrels for 60 months
  • Production: 70 cases produced
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • pH 3.53, TA 6.88 g/L