Merlot 1.5L 2017

$105 / Magnum (1.5L)

“Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots out there.”- Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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“Easily one of the best Napa Valley Merlots out there.”- Wine Enthusiast Magazine


  • Decanter 91
  • Wine Enthusiast 90

A rare variety when we started, we included Merlot in our pioneering plantings in the late 1960s. Ever since then, 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.

The Vintage

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.

The Wine

Ripe plum, cherry, and red currant aromas are complemented by elegant undertones of bay leaf and cedar. An abundance of juicy red fruit flavors entices 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.

Food Affinities

Winery Chef Chris Kennedy pairs our Estate Merlot with duck, pheasant and grilled meats. The smokey, bold flavors these meats offer are characteristics this complex wine can stand up to. Chef suggests integrating clove or cracked black pepper in your dish to enhance the beautiful fresh spice notes in the wine.

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Decanter World Wine Competition
September 2020

TEXSOM International Wine Awards
February 2020

Wine Enthusiast
April 2020