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93 "This just-released Merlot is thick, compact, yet mouth-coating as a fine Merlot should be. Go for it!" -- Wine Spectator                 


88 "This is the first red wine from this new ridge-top appellation, which more resembles an archipelago than an island. Although the wine tastes like it comes from young vines, it is full flavored, with some interesting hints of spice on the nose and palate. This region is full of promise, so taste this wine now and then get it again each year to follow its development. Here is what I have found to be one of the best Merlots on the market - for its price." -- Wine Enthusiast 




1996 Merlot

Estate bottled

0.63 T.A., 3.41 pH

13.5% alcohol

Bottled April 16, 1998

Released August 1, 1998

900 cases produced




Silver, Mendocino County Fair

Silver, New World International Wine Competition