LATERAL

Clone: 181
2011 Merlot
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 195
Vintage

2011

LATERAL

Clone: 181

Merlot
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced

As we evaluated the lots from the 2011 vintage prior to assemblage, this particular vineyard lot of Merlot stood out. It was so impressive, we chose to feature it on its own for Premiere Napa Valley. This 100% Merlot displays bright fruit with plum, black olive, tobacco, toasted oak and minerality. The mouth is rich, but with a nice, vibrant acidity, and flavors of dark cherries, blackberries and mocha. Drink over the next 3-7 years.


Aging Process

This special lot was aged entirely in new french oak barrels with tight grained wood selected from the Never Forrest

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.43
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")

Tasting Chart

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

Chris Condos

Winemaker, LATERAL

Winemaker, Chris Condos

Chris grew up in a large Greek family, His grandfathers made wine, his father sells wine, so naturally he thought that someone in the family should do both. After graduating with a Plant Ecology degree, Chris went on to study Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis. In 1995 he went to work for Pine Ridge Winery in Napa as their enologist, mainly making Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and, of course, Chenin Blanc. Currently Chris is a winemaking consultant for Kathryn Kennedy Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and recently started a new brand called Horse & Plow.

Country born: USA

Education: After graduating with a Plant Ecology degree, Chris went on to study Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Condos is renowned for his expertise in high quality, small batch
wines and his advocacy of Advanced Organics, cutting edge organic winemaking practices. For over fifteen
years, he has skillfully crafted Lateral, bringing out the greatest harmony possible from the traditional varietals.

Wine Spectrum

3315 Chanate Road
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Santa Rosa  CA  95404
707-525-8466

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