2009 Sandstone Merlot

2009 Sandstone Merlot

Our 2009 Sandstone Merlot exhibits aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum with hints of black tea and toasted oak. A smooth mouthfeel and inviting tannis lead to a long, fruity finish.

Vineyard:

The grapes for our Sandstone Merlot come from a gently sloping formation of hills running along the southeastern corner of the historic Livermore Valley. With warm days, cool nights, well-drained sandstone soils, and incoming breezes from the San Francisco Bay, the Wente family’s hillside vineyard is an ideal place to grow outstanding Merlot.

Fermentaion:

Each vineyard was harvested and fermented separately in upright stainless steel fermenters. Rack and return, which is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off the cap and then returning the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter, was performed twice daily. This method increases the color and tannin extractions and improves mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen.

Aging:

This wine was aged for 16 months in American, French, Eastern European, and neutral oak.

Accolades

  • Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2012
  • 88pts, Wine Access, Canada, July 2012
  • 88pts Silver Medal, California State Fair, June 2012
  • Silver Medal, Best of the Bay Wine Competition, May 2012
  • Silver Medal, Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, February 2012
2009 Sandstone Merlot