I’ve been waiting for quite some time to open up the Merryvale Vineyards 2012 ‘Forward Kidd’ Napa Valley, and this week I decided it was time to give this lovely gem a try. I’m officially kicking myself for not purchasing a massive case of this wine during our tasting at Merryvale Vineyards; this wine is delicious and super appealing. The 2012 ‘Forward Kidd’ is the inaugural vintage for Merryvale Vineyards and we almost went throughout our entire tasting without knowing of its existence.
To explain, I was up in Napa Valley for the weekend visiting my family; which by the way is such a dreamy and mindblowing sentence to think about. At any moment being able to drive up to Napa for the weekend; living that close to a place I spent my entire life dreaming about and longing to visit. Then actually moving to California where we lived insanely close along with having family in Napa! WHAT!!! I can’t even comprehend it sometimes, but truly know I was so blessed to have that opportunity in my life! I miss it terribly, however, this weekend we are headed back for a mini vacation/ 10-year anniversary getaway. I’m over the moon with excitement!
Anyways, one of the days up in Napa, my uncle took me out for the afternoon to do some wine tasting. These are my favorite moments as I get to learn so much about wine from him. I love it!
The last stop of the day was Merryvale Vineyards. A winery deeply rooted in the history of Napa Valley. The stately, almost railroad station-like, tasting room sits right next to highway 29. Which means, if you are driving through St. Helena, you can’t miss it. In the off chance that you do, it’s across the street from Gott’s Roadside, which is dangerously amazing! Not to mention that Merryvale is directly next to Pizzeria Tra Vigne, also another great place to eat at. I highly recommend their Mozzarella “Al Minuto”. Just FYI, haha!
The interior of Merryvale Vineyards is moody and very cave-like but in a warm and rustic way. Their case room is incredibly stunning with massive wine barrels flanking each side of the long room; a magical space for anyone looking to throw a party!
Our tasting as Merryvale Vineyards was wonderful and lowkey. It was a quiet day at the tasting room, so we were able to chat in-depth with the wine staff and get a more personalized tasting. As things were coming to a close, we ask if there was anything fun they had open that we could possibly try. It was then that he pulled out the Merryvale Vineyards 2012 ‘Forward Kidd’.
Now, I would like to tell you that I remember all of the glorious details he mentioned about this wine, but ya’ll, at this point we were 3 wine tastings deep. Let’s be honest, I did my best to listen intently, but not much was sticking. What has remained ingrained in my mind was the beauty and uniqueness of this wine. The stunning aroma wafting from the glass and the immediate appeal and brightness of the wine as I consumed it. Sitting back and getting to relive that moment as I recently opened up this bottle was what life should be all about!
Merryvale Vineyards 2012 ‘Forward Kidd’ Napa Valley
Noteworthy: Forward Kidd was named after the two soil types in which these vines are grown (Forward Gravelly Loam and Kidd Loam)
Bordeaux style blend: 30% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah
Wine Style: Medium bodied wine, smooth, firm tannins, and decent acidity
Nose: a hint of cedar, baking spices, coconut, black cherry, blackcurrant, raspberry, strawberry jam, strong violet notes (love those violet aromas and it takes a moment or two to notice it)
Palate: black cherry and blueberry tossed in pinch of baking spices with mocha towards the finish.
Food Suggestions: This is such an easy drinking wine that’s great on it’s own or paired with duck, grilled pork chops, barbecue beef short ribs, spaghetti with a tomato-mushroom sauce, manchego, aged gruyere, or smoked gouda