Whitehall Lane

Right Bank
2019 Merlot
Napa Valley

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 143
Vintage: 2019

Whitehall Lane

Right Bank

Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • 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


The Right Bank of Bordeaux journeys to the west side of Highway 29 in this supple, fruit driven, well balanced offering that impeccably blends each component together but is defined by the plush Merlot fruit at its core. Whitehall Lane Winery has bottled a Merlot every year beginning in 1981. But, this PNV lot is the very first wine made at Whitehall Lane utilizing the five Bordeaux red varietals. It is Merlot based with smaller blending components Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The winery currently grows all of these grape varieties in their six Napa Valley vineyards. This wine will be aged in a French oak barrel for 20 months.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Wine is produced in a Napa Green winery

Jason Moulton

Winemaker, Whitehall Lane

Winemaker, Jason Moulton

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, 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: 20-30 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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Darioush 2011 Red Wine Napa Valley 17
Rombauer Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 16
Cain Vineyard and Winery 2009 Red Wine Spring Mountain District François’ Pick: Ancien Régime 15
Ashe Family Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville One Acre 14
Burgess Cellars 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 11
Flying Horse Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Brass Ring 10
Beaulieu Vineyard 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 9
Atlas Peak Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak Atlas Peak Vineyard 8
Burgess Cellars 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 8
Cardinale 2001 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Napa Valley 7
Truchard Vineyards 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Los Carneros 7
Vine Cliff Winery 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 7
Cuvaison Estate Wines 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 6
Judd's Hill 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate 6
Paraduxx 1999 Zinfandel 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Napa Valley 5
Pine Ridge Vineyards 1999 Tannat/Malbec/Merlot Napa Valley Blackbird 5
Silverado Vineyards 1999 Red Table Wine Napa Valley Argento 5
Cuvaison Estate Wines 1998 Merlot Napa Valley 4
Spring Mountain Vineyard 1997 Syrah Spring Mountain District Miravalle 4
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