Original
32 Ratings
Gainey Vineyard Merlot

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(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.

Winemaker's Notes

Cool, elongated growing seasons like 2006 tend to bring out the best in white wines, because the grapes ripen slowly and evenly, developing concentrated varietal flavors while retaining crisp acidity...

Expert Reviews
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