Six Napa Valley reds guaranteed to keep the chill away

by TrevR on December 7, 2011

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As the temperature continues to drop, it’s time to lay down those Sauvignon Blancs and pull out some big, hearty reds.

Here are six Napa Valley reds that will keep you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside this winter.

  • Ehlers Estate Merlot. Located in St. Helena, the Estate Merlot is generally a weighty one that was described to us in the tasting room as a ‘Cabernet lovers Merlot.’ An added bonus? One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of Ehlers wine goes to support the Leducq Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to funding international cardiovascular research.
  • Artesa Merlot Reserve. Fruit is typically sourced from the cooler southern portion of the Napa Valley in an effort to bring out more vibrant flavors.
  • La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc. Blackberry, plum, blueberry. Fruit is sourced from one of the oldest Cabernet Franc vineyards in Napa County, this one high up on Howell Mountain.
  • Twomey Cellars Merlot. Fruit is sourced from the winery’s Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley. The wine is a blend and in order to soften the tanins, it is decanted from barrel to barrel several times during the aging process.
  • Chiarello Family Vineyards Old Vine Petite Sirah. Fruit sourced from a 99 year old vineyard located in St. Helena. A 100% Petite Sirah with a full mouthfeel and ripe dark fruit notes throughout.
  • Hess Collection Small Block Series Syrah. A soft feeling 100% Syrah, the Small Block Series is sourced from select mountain blocks on Mount Veeder in the western Napa Valley.

What reds are in your glass as the weather cools down?

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