2018 Merlot
Los Carneros

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 178
Vintage: 2018


Los Carneros

5 cases produced


  • 100% Merlot from the Los Carneros nested appellation
  • Selected from three barrels aging in a combination of French and American oak
  • Grapes are organically grown
  • Aging 21 months, followed by light filtration


This 100 percent Merlot was selected from three barrels aging in a combination of French and American oak. These organically grown grapes were harvested on Sept. 25, 2018 from the Los Carneros nested appellation, picked at optimal ripeness of 24.0 brix with a TA of 0/65 and pH3.59. Crushed and fully destemmed before fermentation lasting 14 days. Aging 21 months, followed by light filtration.

Wine Facts

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

Marty Mathis

Winemaker, LATERAL

Winemaker, Marty Mathis

Creator of LATERAL blend and Founder of LATERAL brand. Considered one of the top Bordeaux-style winemakers in the state.

Country born: USA

Education: BA in International Relations from UC Davis in 1979.
Certified Wine Judge by State of California in 1984
Former President Santa Cruz Mountains Viticulture Assoc.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
National Champion Cabernet Sauvignon by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 1984.
Best of Show - California State Fair
Best of Show - LA County Fair
Best Of Show -Santa Cruz County Fair
Best Of Show - West Coast Wine Competition
Twice awarded 93 Pts by the Wine Spectator for 1985 and 2008 vintages.
Served 12 years as judge at the Orange County Wine Competition.
Served as Judge at California State Fair.

Winemaking Philosophy:
For Marty Mathis, veteran winemaker at Kathryn Kennedy Winery, Lateral has been a continual pursuit of
quality. Nearly twenty years ago, with the fine wines of St. Emillion Bordeaux as his inspiration, Mathis set
out to create a balanced, luxurious blend from the finest grapes he could access. His inspiration has never
wavered, leading him finally in 2008 to select Napa Valley vineyards, including well-known names such as
Robert Sinskey, Yount Mill and Pat Garvy.

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