Selene Frediani Vineyard Merlot 2014 | A ‘Eureka moment’ for Merlot Cynics!
Selene Frediani Vineyard Merlot 2014 is deep ruby. Bright, vibrant ripe cassis aromas, tinged with mouthwatering rosemary. Deep, dark plum and blueberry in the attack, followed by a fine sleek middle packed with dark chocolate, warm savory herbs, and black earth. Fresh acids make this one go down all too easily. Put down for up to 10 years of slumber or enjoy now for its juicy fruit purity. Selene Merlot is another revelation from 100-Point Winemaker Mia Klein.
From the winery: Selene Frediani Vineyard Merlot 2014 offers violets, raspberry jam, dark plum, fresh blackberry, and blackberry leaf notes. In addition, molasses and caramel, fresh tobacco and sandalwood. Also, in the mouth, the flavors have a very good impact, intensity, and length. Most of all, the texture has some chewy density to carry the flavors from initial impact through the finish.
From 100-Point Winemaker Mia Klein
In our longstanding appreciation of Winemaker Mia Klein’shandiwork, we have had plenty of company. Food & Wine Magazine called her “one of the most sought-after winemaking consultants in America. Crowning her “Winemaker of the Year.” Spottswoode, Araujo, Viader, and Dalla Valle have all sought her guidance. Knowing her touch leads to bottled excellence and high scores, including a perfect 100 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Her prowess with Bordeaux varieties has landed her on celebrated wine lists from The French Laundry to San Francisco’s A16.
Ever since her days as Cathy Corison’s right hand at Chappellet, acclaim for Winemaker Mia Klein has been growing. Hence, one taste of the Selene Frediani Vineyard Merlot 2014 tells you why. Marked by deep, pure fruit and vibrant acidity. Rather, the Selene Merlot evokes a stunning alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottled “eureka” for Merlot cynics.
2014 – A dream harvest
2014’s harvest — “a dream vintage,” according to Wine Spectator — provided Klein carte blanche to craft whatever she wished. Fruit for the 2014 Selene Merlot was drawn off the prized Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga. As always, Winemaker Mia Klein deploys minimalist winemaking techniques to coax the terroir’s true voice from the fruit, and they have plenty to say. So will you after one sip of its excellence.
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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||From Winemaker of the Year Mia Klein | A stunning example of 2014 vintage Merlot | Mia Klein wines (Araujo, Dalla Valle, Spottswoode) should be in your cellar|
|Why now?||Hard to find Mia Klein wines at this price point|
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|What is it?||Frediani Vineyard, Calistoga | Napa Valley CA Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||Merlot | ABV 14.5%|
|When to drink?||Now to 2026+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Red & White Meat & Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Good Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Sharing wine with those who appreciate the craft'woman'ship of a 100 point winemaker|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 60 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+ includes Free Shipping|