Merlot Vertical Gift Box
Cradled in a beautiful gift box, Bravante Vineyards wine gift sets tell your clients, employees and loved ones alike that your relationship is enduring and deserving of a luxurious gesture. Offered with special vintages selected by our winemaker and available exclusively at Bravante Vineyards.
At Bravante Vineyards we have 2 blocks of Merlot, one at each end of our Stoneridge Vineyard, and they both add to the complexity of our Estate Grown Merlot bottlings. At the northern end of the property is Block 1, which is classic Merlot, fruity, rich and complex. At the southern end is Block 5, which is all ‘Howell Mountain’ -- intense and structured. Blended together they produce a rich, complex and structured Merlot, which has concentration and loads of varietal Merlot character.
The 2010 growing season was defined by cooler temperatures, creating near-perfect conditions for thick-skinned Bordeaux grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A vintage for those who love a wine that straddles Old World silkiness and New World opulence. The 2010 Estate Grown Merlot has captivatingly bright aromas of red plums, dark cherries, and mixed berries with complexing hints of tea leaves and vanilla. The lusciously smooth tannins balance the rich flavors of ripe Santa Rosa Plums, while the long finish is full of warm spices and rich, ripe fruit tannin. Enjoyable now or cellarworthy at least through 2020. Decant for maximum pleasure.
The 2011 vintage was a challenge in the vineyard that is turning out to reap many rewards in the cellar! The growing season began with a wet winter and spring that continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set resulting in a long, cooler-than-average growing season. Merlot was the big success story for 2011 all over Napa Valley and especially here at Bravante VIneyards. The cool weather helped the vines work more efficiently and produced a beautiful vintage of this varietal with black cherry and plum at its core. A fantastic sleeper of the vintage this wine is drinking well now with life ahead if put away in the cellar for another year or two. Decant to enjoy all of the wonderful subtleties this wine affords.
2012 was truly a phenomenal vintage—every winemaker’s dream. The growing season was long with a mild spring and a gorgeous summer, allowing the grapes to develop very intense fruit flavors. The vintage produced an elegant, yet concentrated wine that has the potential to age for decades. The 2012 Bravante VIneyards Estate Merlot starts off with bright fruit of dark cherries and plums complexed by aromas of cedar, sage and hints of tobacco. This Merlot has intense flavors of cherries, berries, hints of herbs and oak with a rich body and excellent structure and balance. The wine’s silky palate is long and expansive, boasting a beautiful balance of black fruits, cherries and fine tannin structure. The lingering finish leaves a delicious touch of cherry fruit, inviting the next sip. A seductive and age-worthy red wine to be enjoyed now or cellared through 2024. Decant for 60 to 90 minutes to elevate aromas and flavors.
Highly regarded as one of the best wines for food pairing versatility, Bravante Vineyards Merlot is delicious upon release, yet known for its ability to age gracefully. These Bravante Vineyards vintages have been selected by our winemaker as recommended wines ready to drink now and are available to buy online. If you would rather put your own choice of three wines in the gift box, please call us at 707-965-2552 or email us now.