Greyscale Wines

2017 Merlot

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Appearance medium garnet
Aromas black cherry, plum, french silk pie, forest floor
Palate blueberry, tobacco leaf, voluptuous body, velvety tannins
Food Pairing Suggestions
A well-balanced, food-friendly wine, start (or end!) the evening with a cheese plate including a mix of aged cheddars, Manchego and Parmesan. Surprise and delight your dining companions with meat-based dishes like braised beef, lamb chops and duck breast. Roasted veggies like portobello mushroom and eggplant will work well too. On the grill, pair with salmon, burgers or sausages.

91% Oak Knoll District Merlot, 7% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc

100 cases
Aging Potential
Ready to enjoy now or cellar over the next 7+ years.

Gold Medal winner at the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

About The Vineyard

2017 is the fourth year Greyscale Wines produced a single vineyard Merlot from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Located in the southern end of the Napa Valley with cooler temperatures, many believe this region provides the best terroir for producing premium Merlot wine. Because the vineyard is near the Mayacamas Mountain benchland, it has a significant component of alluvial soil which contains organic material making the area quite fertile. It it planted to Merlot Clone 181 that traces its origins to Pomerol in Bordeaux.

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Kian Tavakoli

About the Winemaker

With over 25 years of winemaking, operations and viticultural experience, Kian Tavakoli brings a stellar combination of sensory and production skills to Greyscale Wines. Having graduated with a degree in enology from UC Davis in 1992, Kian spent several years working at wineries in France and Napa Valley before he became assistant winemaker at Clos Du Val, where he ran their red wine program including the highly acclaimed reserve bottlings. Kian’s passion for Bordeaux style wines is the perfect complement to the Greyscale family wine philosophy. He has been Greyscale Wine’s only winemaker since they started in 2008.
Read about Jean and Larry’s Bordeaux winemaking inspiration on our blog, The Daily Flight.
About the Winery
Greyscale Wines
Launched in 2009, Jean and Larry Rowe of Greyscale Wines feel they are living their dream. Taking inspiration from Jean's childhood of growing up in the vineyard and their combined world travels to famous wine regions, they turned a dream of making their own wine into a reality.
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