OMG it's good (but don't tell anyone it's Merlot)
2010 Red Wine

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 65
Vintage: 2010


OMG it's good (but don't tell anyone it's Merlot)

Red Wine

5 cases produced


Forget what you've heard. Cabernet is not "king." Not when you are a gnarled, old-vine Merlot growing in Napa Valley’s famed Oakville District. We're talking rocky soils, hand-pruned low-yield vines that are hand picked, hand sorted, matured in the best new French oak barrels and traditionally fined "a la Bordelaise" with organic egg whites. Textbook's “OMG It’s Good (just don't tell anyone it's Merlot)" shows how good "small lot" winemaking can be. This is crafted for the savvy oenophile who loves decadent dinner tables adorned with tenderloins (not tofu) and sirloins (not sushi). The "king" is dead—long live Textbook.

Aging Process

Matured in 60% new French oak barrels for twenty months. Racked three times, egg white fined, unfiltered.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.65
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Jonathan Pey

Winemaker, TEXTBOOK

Winemaker, Jonathan Pey

I have had the pleasure of overseeing winemaking in France, Italy, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand and Napa Valley and now craft small lots of TEXTBOOK here in Napa Valley.

Country born: United States

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree - Agronomy, Masters in Business Administration - Marketing, lived & studied in France for 3 years.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
My teenage kids still think I am cool. Crazy but true.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Strike a balance between terroir, variety and process to make TEXTBOOK Napa Valley wines delicious - seriously delicious.


1532 E Street
Napa  CA  94559


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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Checkerboard Vineyards 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley Bear Hollow 16
TEXTBOOK 2010 Red Wine Oakville OMG it's good (but don't tell anyone it's Merlot) 16
Arkenstone Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Estate 15
Davies Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District Jack's Block 15
Levy and McClellan 2009 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 15
Jones Family Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 14
Judd's Hill 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Friends at Harvest / Lot 15 14
Krupp Brothers 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Two Bald Heads Cuvee 14
O'Brien Estate 2008 Cabernet Franc Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 14
Sterling Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 14
CONSTANT 2007 Cabernet Franc Diamond Mountain District 13
Diamond Terrace 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Two Mountains 13
Laird Family Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville 13
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