A Pair of Marvelous Single Vineyard Merlots

Merlot is one of the most popular red wine varietals in the world, although often overshadowed by its half-sibling, Cabernet Sauvignon. At B Cellars, Merlot is one of our favorites due to its versatility, both in the winemaking process as well as on the dinner table. Occasionally, we discover a vineyard source that produces Merlot worthy to shine on its own. For the 2021 vintage we were fortunate to find two vineyards that met these high standards. We are proud to announce the release of two exemplary single vineyard Merlots from Hudson Vineyard and Sugarloaf Vineyard.

If you have ever driven into Napa from the south, you have likely driven past one, if not both, of these vineyards. Hudson Vineyard is located a few miles west of Highway 29, on the north side of the two-lane “Carneros Highway” connecting Sonoma and Napa. Sugarloaf Vineyard can be found on the hills directly east of the iconic Grape Crusher statue at the southern tip of Napa. 

Both of the 2021 Merlots from B Cellars are stunning examples of the varietal, each proudly displaying their unique terroir. You owe it to yourself to indulge in these wines.

Hudson Vineyard

This historic vineyard was one of the earliest vineyards planted in Carneros in the late 1830s. Tucked into the rolling hills of Carneros, north of the two-lane “Carneros Highway” connecting Sonoma and Napa, is a mosaic of vineyard blocks planted and fastidiously farmed by Lee Hudson.

Hudson Vineyard Merlot

2021 Hudson Vineyard Merlot

Intense flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and black currants are interwoven with notes of gravel and savory dried mushrooms. The tannins are chewy and lingering, balanced by lifting acidity.

Sugarloaf Vineyard

Sugarloaf Vineyard Merlot

2021 Sugarloaf Vineyard Merlot

“A bright and lively palate bursts with pluot, nectarine, bing cherry, ripe raspberries, and bramble berry. Classic barrel notes balance the fruit; cinnamon, vanilla, and a touch of chocolate-covered espresso beans. The brightness of this wine is balanced by chalky tannins that are present throughout.

Sugarloaf Vineyard is planted on a hillside, just east of the iconic grape crusher statue at the southern tip of Napa. Close proximity to the San Pablo Bay creates a cooler but longer growing season, perfect for lengthy hang-time and flavor development. This is balanced by the rocky, basaltic soils which capture and hold heat, as well as the southwestern exposure to the late afternoon sunshine. These factors push the vines to ripeness and maturity. 

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