(From 2011 Vintage) Produced entirely from grapes we cultivate at our Home Ranch in eastern Santa Ynez Valley, our Estate Grown Merlot is a sumptuous red wine boasting fragrant black cherry and dark plum aromas mingled with appealing vanilla, milk chocolate and light herbal scents. Juicy and succulent on the palate, the wine’s concentrated dark cherry, plum and cassis flavors gain a zesty tea-leaf spice tone in the long, savory finish. Beautifully balanced, with supple tannins, our Merlot is delicious on release with poultry, duck, game and beef dishes, but it handsomely rewards an additional 3-4 years of bottle aging.
The Gainey family was the first to own properties in both the warm, eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley, where they concentrate on Bordeaux varieties, and the cool, western end of the Valley, where they focus on Burgundian varieties. The Gaineys are committed to exploring the diversity of the Santa Ynez Valley to craft quality wines from the Valley’s two distinctly different microclimates. “The first scents out of the glass are herbaceous in nature. Although this distinctive varietal character ...