2016 Forthright Merlot

Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Fermented in small lots, this 100-percent Merlot from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley was aged in French oak barrels for 40 months.


Awards & Accolades

2020 Decanter World Wine Awards: Silver Medal - 92 Points
2021 San Francisco Chronicle: Gold Medal
2018 San Francisco International: Silver Medal

Tasting Notes

Dark fruit, black cherry, cocoa, oak and spice. This brooding, juicy wine longs for a cassoulet or grilled steak near a fireplace, preferably in a medieval village with cobblestone streets.

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 10, 2016
  • Fermentation: Fermented in small lots
  • Aging: Aged in French Oak Barrels for 24 months
  • Production: 183 cases produced
  • Alcohol: 14.7%
  • pH: 3.64, TA 6.28 g/L