Whitehall Lane

Right Bank
2019 Merlot
Napa Valley

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 143
Vintage

2019

Whitehall Lane

Right Bank

Merlot
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • A Right Bank-inspired Merlot blend from the Leonardini family and winemaker Jason Moulton
  • Plush Merlot with blending components of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot
  • Merlot has been a focus wine at Whitehall Lane Winery for more than 40 years
  • Right Bank meets the best of Napa Valley; the grapes are from four of Napa Valley’s nested appellations

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered

Jason Moulton

Winemaker, Whitehall Lane

Winemaker, Jason Moulton

Jason Moulton recently took the reins as winemaker at Whitehall Lane. Jason was hired in March 2016 and previously spent over 14 years making wine in Napa Valley, Russian River, Canada, New Zealand, Bordeaux and South Africa. He has worked with renowned winemakers Philippe Melka, David Ramey, Kale Anderson and Ashley Heisey. He quickly moved through the ranks from cellar worker to cellar master, assistant winemaker to winemaker, most notably at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena, Cliff Lede Vineyards in Yountville and most recently at Brassfield Estate Winery in the High Valley AVA of Lake County.

Country born: United State of America

Education: Graduate from the Lincoln University Viticulture and Enology program in New Zealand.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
In general, my philosophy is very traditional/old world and natural. Varietal typicity is incredibly important to me: Cabernet Sauvignon should taste like Cabernet; Pinot Noir should taste like Pinot Noir, etc.

More than anything, balance is the most paramount element for me in winemaking. Anyone can have aromas and flavors, but balancing out all of the other elements within a wine between the tannins, alcohol, and acidity (amongst others) is critical.

When I have the opportunity, I prefer to use native fermentations and my wines receive extended time on the lees to build mid-palate and weight naturally. I like French oak with a minimum of 3-years air dried cooperage for resolving and evolving any fine oak tannins in the wine. And at bottling, wines should be unfiltered to keep the integrity of the wine and its mouth feel together.

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