2012 Merlot

The Wine

Our Merlot fruit comes from two blocks atop a knoll in the famed Hyde Vineyard, where harvests typically yield less than two tons per acre. It’s a youthful wine that’s invitingly approachable, while still offering the richness and decadence we love.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 Buccella Merlot is a voluptuous and compelling wine. Aromas of black plum and raspberry jump out of the glass and mingle with hints of sweet tarragon and anise.  The wine is full and lush in the mouth, with fresh flavors of raspberry, wild strawberry and cocoa.  The finish is soft with lingering reminders of black fruit and a hint of clove.


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Blend:                   Merlot 97%; Cabernet Sauvignon 3%

Harvested:                 October 20 and October 22

Bottled:                      July 7, 2014

Filtration:                   unfiltered

Fining:                        unfined

Winemaking:             Whole berry fermented; aged 22 months in 80% new French oak

Alcohol:                      14.7%

Production:                468 cases

Name:                        The Latin term for “mouthful,” meant to signify the big, bold concentrated layers of flavor in our wines (pronounced “boo-kehl-lah”)

Tasting:                     At the winery in Napa by appointment only, 707/944-1000, contactus@buccella.com

History:                    In 2002, Bill and Alicia Deem founded Buccella in Napa Valley. The inaugural released was the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot in 2005, Cuvée Katrina Eileen in 2006 and Mixed Blacks in 2011.