WINEMAKER NOTESThe Merlot grapes were grown at the winery’s Estate vineyard in Rutherford and select vineyards from St. Helena and Oak Knoll AVAs in the Napa Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon came predominantly from Whitehall’s Millennium MM vineyard in Rutherford. e Malbec came from a select vineyard in the Napa Valley while the Petit Verdot came from our Fawn Park Estate in St. Helena. Whitehall Lane has always utilized the art of blending to make a Merlot with layers of flavors, complexity, and balance. These elements assist with the goal of varietal typicity in creating the perfect Merlot. e fruit was fermented at an average of 85°F with gentle pump-overs for excellent flavor and color extraction. e wine was aged in 35 % new French oak and 65% neutral barrels for 20 months. The 2016 Merlot was bottled unfined and unfiltered.