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 Monahan-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.
The 2012 Growing season was stellar, one of the best vintages in decades.
Jackson Park Vineyard
Jackson Park Vineyard Merlot comes from the estate property located just across the street from...
2011 Alexander Valley Merlot
The 2011 growing season was reminiscent of that found in Bordeaux, with cool temperatures and...