chelsgoldThe exceptional combination of climate, exposure, and soil in the Dry Creek Appellation stamps its signature on this classic varietal. This estate vineyard is slightly cooler than those in Alexander Valley and is well-suited to growing deeply concentrated, powerful Merlot. It also has excellent drainage. River soils and sandy loam permit enough water retention to promote full grape maturity yet discourage the overly-vigorous Merlot from producing high yields.


2014 Merlot
Alexander Valley

2015 Merlot
Alexander Valley

Tasting Note: Style emphasis on harvesting at full physiological ripeness and flavor but not so late as to gain excessive alcohol. Ink black color; intense plum and blackberry aromas with juicy red and black fruit flavors. Full-bodied and dense, the palate is lush and finishes with velvety tannins and spice.

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2013 Merlot
Dry Creek Valley

Tasting Note: Ripe black cherry, anise, and mocha aromas. Packed with juicy blackberry and red cherry fruit flavors with notes of cedar and dried herb. Rich and soft mid-palate; more full-bodied than many Merlots, finishes with spice.

Awards & Accolades

  • 2012 – Silver Medal, SF Wine Comp.
  • 2011 – 88 Points, Wine Enthusiast
  • 2010 – 88 Points, Wine Specatator
  • 2009 – 88 Points, Wine Enthusiast