2016 Estate Merlot


Wine Information

100% Merlot

92 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
92 Points – Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate


Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume


Dark ruby color. Pungent, ripe mountain bramble, chaparral, toasted oak, and exotic spices. Rich cherry fruit entry, firm acid, savory dried herbs, and wonderful textural tannins. Great finesse and length in its finish. EB (2/19)
Monte Bello vineyard has eight merlot parcels located at different elevations. The lower parcels, chosen for this wine, experience greater diurnal temperature variation throughout the growing season. This slows ripening while maintaining firm acid in the grapes. The wine displays the quality and character of grapes grown on limestone soil. Ideal weather produced an intense merlot that will be enjoyable over the next eight to ten years.
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