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Sandstone Merlot

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2011 Sandstone Merlot Bottle Shot

Our Sandstone Merlot is a great display of grapes coming from many hillside and valley floor vineyards, each of which give distinct aromatics and structure to the wine. The estate grown vineyards that make up this wine are fermented and aged separately in barrel for about a year before they are blended together. We add Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot to the blend which then ages for another 6 months. Although lighter in structure than a Cabernet Sauvignon, this Merlot combines solid, yet silky tannins with diverse fruit flavors to make a lasting impression.

Technical Data

  • Vintage: 2011
  • Appellation: Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
  • Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
  • Alcohol: 13.5%

Awards & Accolades

  • 87 Points

     Wine Enthusiast, May 2014

  • ​Best of Class of Region

    California State Fair Wine Competition, June 2014

  • Silver

    San Francisco International Wine Competition, July 2014

  • Silver

    Alameda County Wine Competition, May 2014

  • Silver

    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2014