(2006 Vintage) The majority of the grapes came from relatively high-altitude vineyards located in the Mendocino, Potter Valley and Red Hills American Viticultural Areas. These mountainous terrains have the benefit of warm continental days balanced by a sudden cooling as the sun sets. This allows the fruit to ripen fully while retaining its natural acidity and bright fruit flavors. The remainder of the grapes came from Paso Robles, where the long, mild growing season produces juicy cherry–berry flavors in the Merlot.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) There is nothing fancy about this simple, well-scrubbed Merlot, but there is a good sense of proper cherry-like fruit running its length. It is helped along by a light bit of sweet oak, and, if it shows a touch more tannin than its basic fruit can comfortably buffer, it will be helped by a few years of age and service with simply grilled meats. Its price adds to its attractions. GOOD VALUE