For more than 30 years, Merlot has been a signature wine for Matanzas Creek. A noble variety that is the most widely planted grape in its native Bordeaux, Merlot is profoundly impacted by mesoclimates and soils. The cooler sites in Sonoma County, such as Bennett Valley, yield elegant, well-structured wines. The slightly warmer pockets, such as Knights Valley or Alexander Valley, produce rich, powerful wines. Five estate vineyards provide the range of flavors, aromatics and textures needed to create the winery’s four unique bottlings. Winemaker Marcia Torres Forno’s goal each vintage is to produce a Merlot that tastes like Merlot rather than Cabernet. Each of these wines is dense, concentrated, structured, velvety and age-worthy.
Bright aromas of dried Bing cherry, pomegranate, and Mission figs are supported by hints of...
2012 Alexander Valley Merlot
Dark fruit aromas of blackberries, Satsuma plums, and black pepper with notes of dry tobacco...
2013 Sonoma County Merlot
The 2013 vintage of Sonoma County Merlot is an example of what can be achieved when artisan...