$45 / Bottle (750ml)
- Wine Enthusiast 90
A rare variety when we started, we included Merlot in our pioneering plantings in the late 1960s. Ever since, our belief in this venerable variety has held firm. Focusing on the balance between bright red fruit and dark earth, this wine displays remarkable intensity. Wrapped in a floral perfume and velvety tannins, it is also seductively complex and wonderfully food-friendly.
Record-breaking winter rains filled our reservoirs and recharged the soil. Spring and early summer were warm, leading to very strong growth in the vines. The rest of the summer was more typical with warm days and cool nights, providing perfect conditions for the developing grapes. Our yields for the season were slightly lower than average and the resulting wines are classic—with complex flavors and our signature brightness on the palate.
Ripe plum, cherry, and red currant aromas are complemented by elegant undertones of bay leaf and cedar. An abundance of juicy red fruit flavors entice the palate with beautifully integrated layers of fresh herbs followed by cracked pepper and baking spice on the finish. Lush tannins and bright acidity make this a wine to enjoy now and for years to come.
Winery Chef Chris Kennedy pairs our Estate Merlot with savory cuisine like his famous wood-fired mushroom pizza, Merlot glazed barbecued chicken or grilled ahi tuna. Chef suggests integrating thyme, rosemary or cracked black pepper in your dish to enhance the beautiful fresh spice notes in the wine.
Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms
Sunset International Wine Competition
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