2016 Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley, USA
Cooler, windy weather during bloom is typical for this area and the 2001 vintage was no exception. Fruit set was average for the vineyard, which results in very loose clusters at harvest. Moderate conditions prevailed throughout the summer months, which ripened the fruit. Very warm temperatures at the end of August and early September pushed maturities ahead of normal, and we harvested the fruit in the first part of October.