2019 John Anthony Reserve Merlot
The Reserve Merlot represents an ultra-limited selection of the finest barrels from the vintage—all from Crane Vineyard, the first vineyard that John planted in 1996. Deep ruby-purple tones dominate in the glass. The bouquet is loaded with blue flowers, black cherry, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Sturdy and structured on the palate, releasing flavors of pomegranate, kirsch, and anise. Firm tannins relax with velvety progression into an elegant yet powerful finish. Aged for 20 months in 67 percent new French oak barrels. Only 50 cases produced.
Vintage Notes: The 2019 growing season was marked by much-needed early rainfall, followed by a warm, steady Napa Valley summer. Moderate conditions prevailed through harvest, teasing out vibrancy and structure in the Merlot fruit across John Anthony’s Napa Valley estates.
In the Vineyard:
Year Planted: 1996
Sub Appellation: Oak Knoll District
Vineyard: Crane (3.5 acres)
Harvest Date: October 8th, 2019
In the Cellar:
Bottling: 50 cases produced
Barrel Aging: 20 months in 67% New French Oak, 33% Neutral (Meyrieux, TQ and Tonnellerie O)