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2014

2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 90 points, Wine Spectator

MaryAnn Worobiec, June 30, 2014

“Vibrant and juicy lemon notes are mouthwatering up front, with layers of apricot, melon and yellow apple flavors leading to succulent peach and green apple accents on the finish. Shows terrific clarity and intensity.”

2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Virginie Boone,

“While barrel-influenced and full-bodied, this unctuous wine remains crisp in edgy acidity, with lean flavors of lemon and grapefruit amidst a deeper, richer background of oak and caramel.”

2014 Merlot, Coombsville, Napa Valley 91 points, Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The Coombsville AVA has produced a 2014 Merlot for Merryvale that is 100% Merlot. Chocolaty coffee and espresso notes intermixed with black cherry and berry fruit are enticing. This is a plump, succulent, hedonistic style of Merlot to drink over the next decade. It is no shy wine at 14.9% alcohol, and the price is realistic at $55.”

2014 Chardonnay, Carneros 91 points, Wine Enthusiast

Virginie Boone,

“This wine offers classic Napa Valley richness and fruit-forwardness, while also maintaining an underlying elegance of balance. Apple and honey star on the nose and palate, complementing each other, becoming more developed in the glass as they go.”

2013

2013 Chardonnay, Carneros 88 points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Fresh and vibrant, with a zesty core of green apple, citrus and tangerine flavors, showing a touch of pithiness in the texture. Drink now. 3,200 cases made.”

2013 Chardonnay, Carneros 89-91 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“Merryvale always does a nice job with Chardonnay and their 2013 Chardonnay is no exception. It exhibits plenty of citrus oil and tangerine skin notes, medium body, subtle oak and a long, exuberant, fresh, fruity finish. This beauty should drink nicely for 2-3 years”

2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros 90 points, The Tasting Panel

Merideth May,

“Cinnamon dusts a super-fine acidity that complements a nose of earth and plum cherries. Spice inches up towards the mid-palate and awakens the tongue with a white peppered pinch ”

2013 Chardonnay, Carneros 92 points, Wine Enthusiast

Virginie Boone,

“This is rich and oaky in honey and graham cracker yet completely well integrated in terms of tannin and power. Silky smooth, it invites with compelling layers of apple, pear and fresh-squeezed blood orange, finishing roundly satisfying.”

2013 Pinot Noir, Carneros 91 points, Wine Enthusiast

Vvirginie Boone,

“Made in smaller amounts than its sister label, Starmont, this wine has more complexity and layering of flavors and textures. It opens juicy and exuberant, almost brawny, in black cherry and berry. Oak, currant and clove provide a spicy flair midway through and on the finish.”

2012

2012 Merlot, Napa Valley 88 points, Connoisseurs Guide

Connoisseurs Guide,

“Starting out with a fairly complex nose of toasted herbs, leather, pepper and sweet oak in league with very solid, ripe cherry fruit, this fleshy, well-extracted look at Merlot is comparatively closed up on the palate and is built more like a young Cabernet. It is more about structure at this point than it is about beauty, and, while certain to remain fairly sturdy regardless of age, it will definitely pay dividends with six to eight years of cellaring. ”

2012 Merlot, Napa Valley 88 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The 2012 Merlot is in bottle. This has nice chocolaty, fudge-like notes in the aroma, with a hint of peanuts. The wine shows black cherry fruit, is medium-bodied, not terribly packed and stacked, but soft, round and ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years.”

2012 Malbec, Napa Valley 89-91 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“Other barrel samples I tasted include the 2012 Malbec, which has beautiful coffee/chocolate/dark berry aromatics and comes across as a very well-made, elegant version of this grape that has flourished in high-elevation vineyards in Argentina and rarely elsewhere. Dense ruby/purple and showing blueberry and blackberry fruit, gives the impression of mountain high-elevation origin. Freshness and floweriness are all present in this medium-bodied wine that should drink nicely for 7-8 years. ”

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Saint Helena 91-93 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena offers a classic marriage of power and finesse. Beautiful deep ruby/purple, it’s almost opaque to the rim, with stylish blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, a hint of incense and crushed rock. While its minerality and precision are on display in the full-bodied mouthfeel, there is a freshness, vigor and uplift to all these component parts. This is a beauty, and should turn out to be a noteworthy wine from a great vintage. ”

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“Elegant and savory, with plenty of finesse and complexity, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa shows all the friendly sides of this vintage. Beautiful brightness, purity, potential balance and equilibrium, power without excess and sweet tannin, this wine is a rather classic Cabernet Sauvignon. With lots of black fruits, flowers and no hard edges, it’s not a blockbuster, but very well-crafted. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. ”

2012 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 90-93 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“Not bottled yet, but imminent, the 2012 Cabernet Franc cuts a very elegant blueberry and raspberry set of aromas. This is medium to full-bodied, but again, like so many good Cabernet Franc, it doesn’t have weight or power, just beautiful intensity that’s graceful. There is a very solid core of delicious fruit in this wine and it should age nicely for up to a decade, although it’s going to prove irresistible in its youth. ”

2012 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 91 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The 2012 Chardonnay Silhouette plays it closer to the vest than the 2013, displaying more structure as well as beautiful white currant, unbuttered popcorn, orange skin, apple, pear and subtle beurre blanc notes. This full-bodied, rich, concentrated, delicately crafted Chardonnay is a beauty of restraint, discretion and authority. Consume it over the next 5-7 years. ”

2012 ‘Profile’ Red Wine, Napa Valley 92 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The flagship wine at Merryvale is their Profile, and the 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Profile carries a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Beautiful blueberry, white flowers, black and red currants, as well as some incense and camphor jump from the glass of this stunningly proportioned, complex wine. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with superb purity, enticing texture and oodles of beautiful ripe fruit that cascade over the palate. I think of it as a gracious and somewhat restrained, but authoritative Napa Red Wine. It should drink well for 12-15+ years.”

2012 ‘Profile’ Red Wine, Napa Valley 91 points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Well-centered on pure, rich blackberry and boysenberry flavors, this is presented in a supple manner, accented by gravel-laced tannins. Ends with a dusty, loamy aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2026.”

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Saint Helena 92 points, Wine Enthusiast
Cellar Selection

Virginie Boone,

“Rustic earth gives way to bright, crisp red fruit and a hit of citrus providing freshness and life. Soft and full bodied, this wine has years to go in the cellar— through 2022—to let the tannins soften and integrate further with the fruit.”

2012 Merlot, Napa Valley 91 points, Wine Enthusiast

Virginie Boone,

“This polished wine is accented with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Juicy, spicy and leathery, it has a smoothness to the texture, the tannins well integrated and permissive of the plummy fruit. The finish has a smoky, mocha tinge.”

2011

2011 Chardonnay, Carneros DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
The results are in!

Tasting Panel,

“The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world, featuringThe San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world, featuring more than 60 professional wine experts within the media, restaurant and hospitality, winemaking and retail wine industries who gather to judge thousands of wine entries from around the country. Consistently breaking records each year, the 2012 and 2013 Competition have generated an astounding 5,500 entries from thousands of wineries across the country.more than 60 professional wine experts within the media, restaurant and hospitality, winemaking and retail wine industries who gather to judge thousands of wine entries from around the country.”

2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Top Wine, St. Helena Star
Top 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

St. Helena Star,

“Merryvale Juliana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($26) won the top spot. This is the wine that panelists decided was the best structured, most balanced, and most exciting to taste. The wine is barrel fermented and then aged on its lees, adding complexity to the final wine. Ripe pear and melon with citrus and a bit of floral come in this beautifully crafted wine.”

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Saint Helena 89 points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Pure, rich blackberry and black licorice flavors form the core of this dense, focused effort, picking up gravelly earth, cedar, road tar and tobacco notes. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022.”

2011 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 88 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“Another excellent effort from the Stanly Ranch Estate, Merryvale’s 2011 Pinot Noir possesses lots of dark cherry, earth and spice characteristics, medium body, not a lot of tannin, and a good, round, juicy finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. ”

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 92 points-Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast

Virginie Boone,

“Despite the challenging harvest, this Cabernet excels in juicy blueberry and plum tones. Dusted with cinnamon on the finish, it shows a level-headed use of oak, imparting a soft, expressive texture marked by acidity. Enjoy now or cellar through 2026.”

2011 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 90 points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The top cuvee, the 2011 Chardonnay Silhouette has more of everything. Orange blossom, tangerine oil and honeyed pear notes as well as crisp acids are found in this riper-styled, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.”

2011 ‘Profile’ Red Wine, Napa Valley 88 points, Vinous Media

Antonio Galloni,

“Merryvale's 2011 Profile is surprisingly juicy for the vintage. Mocha, chocolate, blackberry, sweet herbs, mint and violets all jump from the glass in an exuberant, jammy red to drink now and over the next few years. The house style dominates over the personality of the year. ”

2011 ‘Profile’ Red Wine, Napa Valley 88 points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Creamy oak fleshes out the texture of this wine, adding flavors of vanilla and mocha. Dense and chewy on the palate, but the wood doesn't offset the tannic presence. The core is built around gritty dried berry, earth and herb notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2021. 957 cases made.”

2011 ‘Profile’ Red Wine, Napa Valley 91 points - Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast

Virginie Boone,

“The winery’s top-end Bordeaux red, this blends 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 19% Petit Verdot and 15% Malbec. The fruit is sourced from the family’s estate vineyard on the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley, then aged 20 months in French oak, 90% of it new. Black in color, it tastes of cedar and smoke, with soft layers of subtle plum and cassis before a grippy finish. Enjoy through 2021. ”

2011 ‘Profile’ Red Wine, Napa Valley 17.25 points, Decanter

Decanter,

“Great depth with a slightly lactic touch reminiscent of dark fruit yogurt on the nose. Rich and svelte, concentrated but polished, with find acidity and stylish oak; a big brute of a wine. ”

2010

2010 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 90 Points - Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“Lovely to drink now for its smoth, silky texture, dryness and balancing acidity. The flavors are wildly rich, suggesting cherry pie, red currant, licorice, bacon and sandalwood. Good as it is, it will improve with 4-5 years in the bottle, picking up earthier dried fruit and mushroom notes. Cellar Selection.”

2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“It's impossible to exaggerate the yummy factor of this silky, fruity Pinot Noir. While it has pleasant acidity, it's the raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and brown-sugar flavors that make it so appealing to drink now.”

2010 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Combines richness with elegance and finesse, offering intense and focused citrus-laced pear, honeysuckle and melon notes, expanding on the lingering, flavorful finish. Drink now through 2018.”

2010 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 91 Points, Wine Advocate

Antonio Galloni,

“The 2010 Chardonnay Silhouette emerges from the glass with lush tropical fruit, dried pears, butter and French oak. The Silhouette is a decidedly large-scaled, voluptuous Chardonnay with tons of textural depth. A hint of residual sugar lingers on the finish, but the wine”

2010 Chardonnay, Carneros 90 Points, Wine Advocate

Antonio Galloni,

“Merryvale”

2010 Syrah, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 88-90 Points, Wine Advocate

Antonio Gallani,

“A beguiling, exotic bouquet laced with juniper berries, black cherries, rose petals and spices emerges from the 2010 Syrah. A bit lighter on the palate than its aromatics might suggest, the 2010 possesses lovely inner sweetness and perfume, not to mention excellent overall balance. There is a lot to look forward to here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”

2010 Syrah, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 91 Points, Connoisseurs

“This particular vineyard is more often mentioned as the source of many first-rate Pinots, but it is clearly capable of producing serious Syrahs as well. This one is long on intense varietal spice and is fit with a full measure of well-extracted fruit and plenty of distinctive, ever-so-slightly bacony oak. While fairly gutsy and quite full in body, it is not at all tough and shows a bit of polish that bodes well for the future. It may not need ten years to get where it is going, but we recommend that it be set aside for at least four or five.”

2010 Chardonnay, Carneros Execptional: A superstar within its price category. Very highly recommended., Restaurant Wine
Star Listings

Tasting Panel,

“Exceptional! Perhaps the best-ever version of this wine. It is refined and complex in flavor, supple and full bodied on the palate, and harmonious on the finish. It is medium rich, well balanced, and very persistent, tasting of pear, apple, pineapple, lemon peel, roasted nut, and spicy oak. Barrel fermented, with malolactic fermentation. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 43% new.”

2010 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley Excellent: Among the very best of its type for the price. Highly recommended., Restaurant Wine
Star Listings

Tasting Panel,

“Full bodied and supple in texture, this is a rich, well balanced wine with a bit more oak than the Carneros but the same finesse (pear, pineapple, roasted nut, candied lemon). On the finish, it is slightly woody and quite persistent.”

2010 Chardonnay, Carneros DOUBLE GOLD, 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Results are in!

Tasting Panel,

“Our Merryvale 2010 Carneros Chardonnay won DOUBLE GOLD / BEST CHARDONNAY OF THE SHOW! The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is now the third largest wine competition in the United States with over 3,200 entries from 22 countries. The competition is also the largest charitable competition in North America supporting a charity, Camp Good Days ”

2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros GOLD MEDAL, 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition continues to be the largest competition of American Wines in the World, breaking it's own record with 5,500 entries this year.”

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 points, Wine Enthusiast

Virginie Boone,

“From a handful of Napa Valley vineyards, this Cab is blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, producing a classically elegant wine dotted in cassis, cedar and white peppercorn. Chalky and buoyant in acidity, it drinks lean and supple, the finish darker in smoky, coffee tones.”

2009

2009 Petit Verdot, Saint Helena Estate, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“Blended with a little Cabernet Sauvignon, this Petit Verdot succeeds wildly in appealing to the senses. It's rich, dry and smooth in tannins with intense oak, blackberry and chocolate flavors, with a little bit of warmth on the finish. Ready to drink now.”

2009 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 91 Points, Wine & Spirits
Year's Best Cabernet

“A luscious Napa Valley blend, this has fragrant red cherry and herb-scented fruit enriched by oak. Barrel age has brought the texture to a generous smoothness, adding walnut tones to contrast the bright fruit. Ready to decant for filet mignon. (W&S, 10/12)”

2009 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 94 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines

Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot,

“The hit of the show, this one builds on the highly successful previous vintage and does it a real star turn better. Deep, layered, nicely crafted and complex, the wine smells of cassis, black olives, briar and just a bit of dark chocolate, and it repeats its fruit and layering in flavors that find a touch of dried tobacco leaf for further range. A rather forceful wave of latter palate tannin is met stride for stride by the deep, compelling flavors, and while bottle aging is next to demanded, this is not a coarse, sinewy wine. We would lay it away for some three to six years at a minimum.”

2009 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 90 Points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“A rich, elegant style, with ripe black cherry and plum notes joined by a touch of cola. Medium- to full-bodied, at points delicate and vibrant, this all comes together nicely on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2022. 348 cases made.”

2009 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros 90 Points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Young, tight and vibrant, but already showing complex nuances. The texture is pithy, yet the mix of ripe apple, butterscotch and honeydew melon flavors promises more good things to come. Needs a little time. Best from 2013 through 2020. 195 cases made.”

2009 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Spectator
Marquee names in Californian and French wine

James Laube,

“"...In California, top bottles include a Cabernet from Coup de Foudre, a new Syrah from the specialists at Alban, a Bordeaux blend from Merryvale, a Greg Norman Syrah and the latest Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha”

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros 92 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Best Buys in the Market

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“These wines remain high on our list of top TWO PUFF Pinot buys... the very well-crafted TWO PUFF Merryvale Carneros Pinot Noir 2009...”

2009 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

“The acidic, minerally earthiness of Carneros Pinot Noir is uplifted by the ripe, fruity vintage, resulting in quite a fine young wine. May well be Merryvale”

2009 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros 93 Points / Very Good, Ken's Wine Guide

Ken Hoggins,

“This light yellow colored Chardonnay opens with a ripe Bartlett pear bouquet with a hint of cantaloupe. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, creamy and smooth. The flavor profile is a very tasty ripe Bartlett pear with nicely integrated vanilla oak with hints of butterscotch and cantaloupe. The finish is dry, slightly crisp and lingers for a while. This wine is very food friendly and would be perfect with chicken cordon bleu with wild mushroom risotto.”

2009 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 93 Points, The Wine Advocate

Antonio Galloni,

“The 2009 Profile bursts on the palate with an exciting array of black fruit, smoke, tar, licorice and grilled herbs. It is a muscular wine endowed with considerable depth and richness, but despite its obvious size, all of the elements are in harmony. This big boy will need some cellaring, but it is beautiful. Profile is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.”

2009 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 92 Points, The Wine Advocate

Antonio Galloni,

“The 2009 Chardonnay Silhouette comes across as vivid and beautifully articulated. Nothing really stands out here, just the wine”

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 Points, The Wine Advocate

Antonio Galloni,

“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon flows from the glass with plums, black cherries, graphite, grilled herbs and smoke. This fleshy, up-front Cabernet Sauvignon shows fabulous overall balance and harmony in a style best enjoyed over the next decade or so. In 2009 the blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.”

2009 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 92 Points, The Wine Advocate

Antonio Galloni,

“The 2009 Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Estate is a striking wine laced with freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, minerals and spices. It shows lovely delineation and exceptional overall balance in a medium-bodied style. This is a beautiful, harmonious wine from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.”

2009 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Spectator
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James Laube,

“Pure, intense and vibrant, this displays citrus, lemon, honeysuckle and butterscotch notes woven together in a tight cocoon, but the flavors slowly unfold, with grace and dimension. Long, persistent finish. Best from 2013 through 2023.”

2009 Chardonnay, Carneros 89 Points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Pure, ripe and layered, with complex oak evident from the start, joined by ripe apple, pear, citrus and honeydew melon flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with depth, focus and persistence. Drink now through 2017.”

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros 92 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“Wonderfully fragrant and sporting a lovely mix of ripe cherries, minerals and sympathetic oak spice in the nose, this very well-crafted offering is firm and fruity and very well-balanced with a nice sense of polish already apparent. More stylish than sturdy, and long on the palate,it is bound to show further layering and nuance if its early charms can be ignored, but waiting might be a task that does not come easy.”

2009 Chardonnay, Carneros 92 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“Plenty of well-ripened, apple-like Chardonnay fruit is in place to balance the ample oak that is to be found at every point here, and the two work together to make for a deep and wonderfully rich wine. While a fairly big wine, it is also a nicely constructed one with a solid spine of structural acidity warding off any sense of heaviness. It is long and layered and reveals a little more with each sip, and it is destined for better if its plentiful pleasures can be ignored for a few years.”

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros 92 Points & Smart Buy!, Pinot Report

Greg Walter,

“Medium ruby color; ripe, bright red cherry flavors with clove and cinnamon notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Forward, delicious Pinot that”

2009 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 94 Points, Pinot Report

Greg Walter,

“Medium-deep ruby color; complex, tight, black cherry, spice and anise aromas; deep, complex black cherry flavors with lots of interesting spice and herbal notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, deep, layered Pinot that needs a little time to open up. Will reward your patience.”

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros RECOMMENDED, Napa Valley Register & St. Helena Star
At Merryvale, it's more than wine and cheese

David Stoneberg,

“An incredible wine for the price, this pinot noir has lots of red and black cherry and earthy aromas, with beautiful dark fruit, rich vanilla and cinnamon flavors.”

2009 Chardonnay, Carneros GOLD MEDAL, 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros SILVER MEDAL, 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2009 Chardonnay, Carneros GOLD MEDAL, 2011 Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition
2011 Competition Results

Tasting Panel,

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, 2011 Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition
2011 Competition Results

Tasting Panel,

2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley WINE OF THE WEEK, St. Helena Star

Catherine Seda,

“Sometimes, life calls for a time-out. Vacations don”

2009 Chardonnay, Carneros GOLD MEDAL, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“Results are just in from the SF Chron Wine Competition, which is now the largest competition of domestic wines at over 5,000 entries.”

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros SILVER MEDAL, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“Results are just in from the SF Chron Wine Competition, which is now the largest competition of domestic wines at over 5,000 entries.”

2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley RECOMMENDED, St. Helena Star
Tasting Room Wines, $50 and under

Tasting Panel,

“This is a zesty, fun wine with an intriguing pungency, fresh grass and lemon citrus. Fantastic food wine.”

2009 Rosé Wine, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros RECOMMENDED, St. Helena Star
Tasting Room Wines, $50 and under

Tasting Panel,

“A very good wine with apple, pear and floral aromas with bright citrus fruit and floral on the palate, with a nice weight.”

2009 Pinot Noir, Carneros 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Tasting Panel,

“Polished and elegant, in the Merryvale style, this is a fresh, young Pinot Noir to appreciate now for its ripe fruitiness. Shows flavors of raspberry and cherry pie filling with the spices, vanilla and smoky sweet sandalwood. So delicious and easy to drink.”

2009 Merlot, Napa Valley 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Tasting Panel,

“If you're looking for a rich, delightful, full-bodied red wine to drink now, try this Merlot. It's upfront in red cherry, currant, cola, mocha and spice flavors, wrapped into soft, fine tannins. A blend of fruit from some of Napa Valley's best vineyards.”

2008

2008 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 90 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines

Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot,

“There is a great deal to like about this ripe and very outgoing wine, from its wealth of concentrated, slightly juicy young fruit to its liberal appointment of sweet oak. But, that said, its early appeals are interrupted by a full complement of gritty young tannins that are the price of its considerable extract, and, if a complex and generous wine may await some five to ten years down the line, be warned that patience is an absolute must.”

2008 Merlot, Napa Valley GOLD MEDAL, 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition continues to be the largest competition of American Wines in the World, breaking it's own record with 5,500 entries this year.”

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition continues to be the largest competition of American Wines in the World, breaking it's own record with 5,500 entries this year.”

2008 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 94 Points, Wine Spectator
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James Laube,

“This elegant, graceful style offers complex aromas of spice, sage, cedar and dark berry. Rich and supple in texture, ending with firm tannins, lingering fruit and melted black licorice notes. Very impressive. Drink now through 2022.”

2008 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 91 Points (Very Good), Ken's Wine Guide

Ken Hoggins,

“slightly opaque dark ruby colored opens with a mild musty blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a very tasty boysenberry jam with notes of blackberry and a hint of cranberry and black pepper. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are slightly prolonged. Pair this food friendly Cab Franc with grilled pork tenderloin with a mushroom risotto.”

2008 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 97 Points / Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“A tremendous wine that shows how Merryvale is absolutely at the top of its game. Impeccable in structure, with refined tannins that are soft and firm at the same time, and a fine cut of acidity. entirely dry, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend is awesome in blackberry, cherry, cassis and oak flavors, with complexities of anise, soy sauce, grilled meats and minerals. Beyond the particulars, it just feels dramatic and rich in the mouth. A great wine that should develop in the bottle over the next decade. Cellar Selection.”

2008 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley #5 Wine of The Top 100 of 2011, Wine Enthusiast
The Top 100 Edition

Steve Heimoff,

“4 Napa Cab Cellar Selection Picks, All Rated 95+!”

2008 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Spectator
15 Outstanding California Cabernets

James Laube,

“New reviews of Napa Valley Cabernets from 2008, a difficult vintage proving to be potentially excellent... MERRYVALE Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2008 Score: 92 "Rich and expressive, with deep, dense, pure dried currant, tobacco leaf and cigar box scents. The spice and smokiness of Cabernet Franc mixed with berry and sage touches give this a distinctive range of flavors. Drink now through 2020."”

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Spectator
15 Outstanding California Cabernets

James Laube,

“New reviews of Napa Valley Cabernets from 2008, a difficult vintage proving to be potentially excellent...”

2008 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 96 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot,

“This every expressive and highly extracted young wine is no shrinking violet, but it is big without being too big, and it takes its cues from lavish fruit more than from runaway ripeness. While it stints not at all in terms of very sweet oak, its themes of black currants, olives and loamy soils are always in the fore. Its considerable tannins are so finely fit that it is likely to trick some impatient Cabernet fans into serving it soon, but this is one for the cellar and pulling its cork in fewer than five or six years would be a genuine shame.”

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley www.SteveHeimoff.com (wine blog)
Top 10 Wines of the Week

Steve Heimoff,

“Ripe, balanced and delicious.”

2008 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley RECOMMENDED, Napa Valley Register & St. Helena Star
At Merryvale, it's more than wine and cheese

David Stoneberg,

“"The grapes for this wine come partly from the Stanly Ranch and partly from high-altitude vineyards, giving the wine a nice freshness. The wine is aged in French oak barrels and has ripe Asian pear, rich buttered nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon aromas and flavors. "Merryvale”

2008 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley Quarterly Review of Wines
Best of the Best California Chardonnay

Tasting Panel,

2008 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

2008 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 91 Points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The 2008 Cabernet Franc possesses an impressively hued dark purple color as well as aromas of wild blueberries, mountain white flowers and a touch of oak. Silky textured and medium to full-bodied with a beautiful intensity, but no heaviness, this pure, ripe effort should evolve for 12-15 years.”

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Saint Helena Estate, Napa Valley 94 Points, The Wine Advovate

Robert Parker,

“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Saint Helena, boasts an inky/purple color as well as a boatload of creme de cassis, licorice, blackberry and floral aromas with a hint of wood in the background, and a full-bodied, voluptuously textured mouthfeel. This brilliant Cabernet should drink well for two decades or more.”

2008 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 96 Points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The flagship red wine, the 2008 Profile is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Dusty, loamy soil aromas intermixed with graphite, blueberry, blackberry, charcoal and camphor jump from the glass of this complex, inky/purple-colored offering. Full-bodied and backward with undeniable potential, this yound red classic Napa blend of Bordeaux grapes should hit its stride in 4-5 years and last for three decades. A compelling wine, it is further evidence of the remarkable progress Merryvale has made over the last decade. Moreover, it is the finest wine they have ever produced.”

2008 Merlot, Napa Valley 90 Points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

“The 2008 Merlot exhibits smoky espresso roast notes intermixed with notions of cocoa, chocolate and berry fruit. A good Merlot by Napa standards, this fleshy, succulent wine should drink nicely for 7-8 years.”

2008 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 92 Points, The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker,

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros 93 POINTS - SMART BUY!, Pinot Report

Greg Walters,

“"Bright and tasty..." Medium ruby color; forward cherry and spice aromas with some clove notes; rich. ripe, bright red cherry flavors with spice and clove notes; silky texture; sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright, spicy flavors carry this really tasty Pinot -- serve it with a lighter meal off the grill.”

2008 Chardonnay, Carneros 89 Points (Very Good), Ken's Wine Guide

Ken Hoggins, wine writer and blogger,

“This yellow colored Chard opens with a mild green apple bouquet with a hint of yeast in the background. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and slightly creamy. The flavor profile is ripe golden delicious apple with notes of vanilla oak and toasted almonds. The finish is dry and lingers nicely. Our mini group thought his would pair well with Orecchiette with chicken, peas, and a thick cream sauce. Enjoy!”

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

“This is a very rich, fruity Pinot Noir, so if you like ripeness, you”

2008 Chardonnay, Carneros 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

“Rich and opulent, in the California coastal style. The grapes come from some respected Carneros vineyards, including Hyde and Stanly Ranch, and the pedigree shows in the balance of ripeness and acidity. With pineapple, mango, green apple, cr”

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros Panelists' Favorite, St. Helena Star
Great Debate Over Napa Valley Pinots

Catherine Seda and Tasting Panel,

“First in its flight: Merryvale Vineyards Pinot Noir Carneros 2008 ($35) is full of smoky, wild strawberries with caramel and herb. Their website, www.merryvale.com, has a great list of foods to enjoy with their wines. Just click on a wine choice, choose appetizer, entr”

2008 Chardonnay, Carneros SILVER MEDAL, 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros SILVER MEDAL, 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros DOUBLE GOLD / BEST OF CLASS / JUDGES' CHOICE, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“At 4,913 entries, this competition continues to be the largest competition of domestic wines in the country, and it is one of the largest wine competitions in the world.”

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros JUDGES' CHOICE, WINNERS, www.rjwine.com/blog
2010 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Big Winners

Ray Johnson,

“"This morning I visited with Henry Tennenbaum of KRON-TV 4. During our segment we sprinted through a tasting of these four Judges”

2008 Rosé Wine, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros ziggythewinegal.com
Top Spring Wine Pick

Ziggy Eschliman,

“Top Wine of Ziggy's Annual Spring Picks!”

2007

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley GOLD MEDAL, 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“Our 2007 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, narrowly missed out on best overall Cabernet Sauvignon, finishing #2.”

2007 Merlot, Napa Valley SILVER MEDAL, 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley SILVER MEDAL, 2011 Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition
2011 Competition Results

Tasting Panel,

2007 Oakville Grade Red Wine 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Wine Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“A beautiful, elegant and dramatic blend for drinking now and over the next 6”

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Wine Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“Just delicious, this wine shows its pedigree from some of the best vineyards in the valley, including Merryvale”

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Wine Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“A tremendous wine, satisfying in youth, but this should also age for a while. Made with just 2% Merlot, it”

2007 Merlot, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Wine Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“A dry, classy Merlot that will develop bottle complexity for a few years. There are beautiful tannins on this well-made wine; if you drink it now, decant to let it breathe, soften and allow the cherry, red currant, dried herb and oak flavors to emerge.”

2007 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 91 Points - Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
Wine Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“...It”

2007 Merlot, Napa Valley SILVER MEDAL, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“Results are just in from the SF Chron Wine Competition, which is now the largest competition of domestic wines at over 5,000 entries.”

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley SILVER MEDAL, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“Results are just in from the SF Chron Wine Competition, which is now the largest competition of domestic wines at over 5,000 entries.”

2007 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Tied for First Place, St. Helena Star
Top 6 Flagship Cabs

Tasting Panel,

2007 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 94 Points, KensWineGuide.com
Cabs for the Holidays!

Ken Hoggins,

“The opaque and dark purple colored Cab based blend opens with a ripe blackberry bouquet with a hint of smoky oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic, and displays a very lush mouthfeel. The flavor profile is a spicy blackberry and oak blend. We also detected some rich dark chocolate. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins are nicely extended. The panel suggested pairing this wine with a well marbled ribeye.”

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 90 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine
Year's Best American Cabernet Sauvignons

“Firm and juicy, this cab”

2007 Merlot, Napa Valley 90 Points(Very Good+), kenswineguide.com

Ken and the Tasting Panel,

“This opaque and dark purple colored Merlot opens with an attractive black cherry bouquet with a hint of menthol and blueberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and suave. The flavor profile is a black cherry and gentle oak blend. There were also notes of black pepper detected. The finish is quite dry and its dusty tannins are slightly prolonged. This Merlot will pair well with a NY strip steak.”

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Spectator
16 Diverse California Cabernets New reviews of 2007 Cabernets from a wide price range across the Golden State

James Laube,

“Firm, intense and vibrant, with a tight mix of loamy earth, dried currant and berry, sage, anise and cedar. Full-bodied, ending with a streamlined, layered finish. Best from 2012 through 2021.”

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Saint Helena Estate, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Spectator
13 Napa Valley Cabernet: New reviews of Cabernets from Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and St. Helena

James Laube,

“Exhibits a tight core of dried currant, spice, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's focused, full-bodied, firm and structured, with the flavors gaining on the finish. Ends with a juicy black cherry edge. Drink now through 2018. 396 cases made.”

2007 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 93 Points, Wine Spectator
10 Outstanding California Reds: New reviews of high-end Cabernet-based blends, most from Napa and all from the spectacular 2007 vintage

James Laube,

“A classy wine that's firm, intense and complex, showing vivid, well-structured blackberry, wild berry and currant fruit, with touches of anise, loamy earth and black licorice. Ends with a lingering mix of berry, cedar and earth touches and tannins that give the flavors traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2011 through 2019. 2,500 cases made.”

2007 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros BEST OF SHOW, Quarterly Review of Wines
Best of the Best California Chardonnays

Tasting Panel,

“Deep, rich, resonant, well-knit, pear, spice and toasted oak flavors. BEST OF SHOW”

2007 Chardonnay, Carneros GOLD MEDAL, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“At 4,913 entries, this competition continues to be the largest competition of domestic wines in the country, and it is one of the largest wine competitions in the world.”

2007 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 91 Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"The most complex white wine is the 2007 Chardonnay Silhouette. It reveals brioche, roasted pear and apple notes intermixed with notions of hazelnuts and white peaches. This big, but elegant, pure Chardonnay possesses a fleshy texture, very good acidity, and a rich, full-bodied finish. Consume it over the next 4-5 years or longer. "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 90+ Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"Another winner is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa which includes 1% Cabernet Franc. It possesses abundant notes of creme de cassis intermixed with a floral underpinning and subtle oak in the background. Rich and full-bodied with a burning ember/smoky component that adds character to the red and black fruits that dominate the wine, this beauty should drink well for 15+ years. "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2007 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros 88 Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"The 2007 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard, which exhibits aromas and flavors of white peaches, pears, nectarines, lemon blossom, and subtle oak. With elegance, minerality, medium to full body, and a heady finish, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years. "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2007 Merlot, Napa Valley 91 Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"An impressive sleeper of the vintage, the 2007 Merlot is a blend of 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet kiss of charcoal, black currants, black cherries, coffee, mocha, spice box, licorice, and a hint of cocoa. Pure, dense, medium to full-bodied, lush, and seductive, this stunning Merlot should continue to drink well for 12-15 years. "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2007 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 94+ Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"Another big-time winner, the 2007 Profile (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, and 4% Malbec) may be the finest wine I have ever tasted from Merryvale. It exhibits an opaque purple color along with classic tobacco leaf, black currant, spicy oak, chocolate, licorice, and graphite characteristics, a big, full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous depth, persistence, and length. This proprietary red should continue to put on weight, and last for 15-20 or more years. Very impressive! "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2007 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 90 Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"A perfect example of why more Napa wineries should showcase Cabernet Franc is Merryvale”

2007 Syrah, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 90 Points, Wine Spectator
From WineSpectator.com...

James Laube,

“Bold, ripe, meaty and minty, this is rich, fleshy and full-bodied, at points turning subtle and smooth, gaining complexity and nuance on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 316 cases made.”

2007 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 93 Points, Wine Spectator
From WineSpectator.com...

James Laube,

“This impressive wine is intense and firm, tight and full bodied, with rich fig, melon, toasted marshmallow and citrus notes that provide a complex range of flavors and compelling depth. Drink now through 2014. 412 cases made.”

2007 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Best Wine, Wilfred Wong's Facebook Page
Just tasted 30 ultra premium Cabernets...

Wilfred Wong,

“...best wine was the 2007 Merryvale Profile... incredible range of flavors and balance!”

2007 Chardonnay, Carneros RECOMMENDED, The Amateur Gastronomer
It's Time For Wine

Monty and Sara Preiser, Wine Writers,

“Aged for 14 months in French oak, the pedigree of this big white does not disappoint: Hyde and Stanly Ranch vineyards.”

2007 Syrah, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros RECOMMENDED, The Amateur Gastronomer
It's Time For Wine

Monty and Sara Preiser, Wine Writers,

“Co-fermented with whole cluster Viognier (ultimately 20% of the blend), this wine has nice body amid a nose of fresh flowers and a spicy, peppery finish. Another good bargain from outstanding vineyards (Hudson and Stanly Ranch).”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Best of the Year Issue

Steve Heimoff,

2007 Chardonnay, Carneros 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Best of the Year Issue

Steve Heimoff,

“A good, rich, oaky Chardonnay, with intense fruit concentration and elaborate winemaking technique. Shows powerful pineapple, papaya, nectarine and sweet vanilla flavors, with a grounding minerality and adequate acidity for balance.”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros 93 Points, PinotReport
Make Room in the Cellar!

Gregory Walter,

“"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex, black cherry aromas with some herbal notes; deep, rich, complex black cherry flavors with earthy notes and some sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Very deep and complex Pinot that needs time to open up in the glass and also some patience in the cellar."”

2007 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 88 Points, PinotReport
Smart Buy!

Gregory Walter,

“"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, tight, earthy, dark cherry aromas; deep, rich black cherry flavors with toasty oak and earthy notes; lingering finish. Deep, dark cherry flavors dominate this Pinot and it”

2007 Chardonnay, Carneros www.wine-wench.com

Sue Straight, aka "The Wine Wench",

“"What a pretty Chardonnay! Perfumed scents of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, marmalade, buttered toast, citrus and fresh green herbs continue as flavors in the creamy, juicy mouth."”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros www.wine-wench.com
Damn Near Perfect!

Sue Straight, aka "The Wine Wench",

“"There”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros Recommended, St. Helena Star
Wine of the Week

Stefan Blicker,

“Made by winemakers Sean Foster and Graham Wehmeier, this is a stellar offering with tasty arrays of cherries, red fruits and orange pekoe. Nice balance with freshness and depth, I cannot recommend it more highly and it is priced right ”

2007 Pinot Noir, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 94 Points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Perfumed floral, plum jam and black cherry and berry fruit is supple, elegant, focused and balanced. Long and rich, gaining depth, nuance and complexity. Drink now through 2013.”

2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Foster says that the honey that is so apparent in the nose comes from the 2% Semillon in the blend, while the oily texture comes from the fact of lees stirring and the absence of malolactic fermentation. The steely lemon and lime core of the wine comes, obviously from the Sauvignon Blanc. It's a good fit, however you wish to explain it.”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Cola and black cherry, with high-toned raspberry highlights; supple in texture and meaty in suggestion -- there's a lovely earthiness in there -- with just a trace of thyme spice in the finish. Sort of brings out the caveperson in you, wanting raw meat, barely seared by the fire.”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros Recommended, The Capital / HometownAnnapolis.com
Wine Picks

Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr,

“Pinot noir is getting pretty pricey nowadays and $35 has become a reasonable cost for a decent one. We like this (Merryvale) pinot noir for its showy black cherry and strawberry flavors. Hints of tea and chocolate.”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros 90 Points, Patterson's Tasting Panel Magazine
Blue Reviews

Anthony Dias Blue,

“Deep and complex with ripe cherry fruit, fresh and a bright core of acidity; nice notes of earth, spice and oak.”

2007 Chardonnay, Carneros 91 Points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Deliciously complex, with creamy oak wrapped around ripe pear, melon and green apple. Intense, full-bodied, vibrant and focused, with a long, clean finish. Drink now through 2012.”

2007 Chardonnay, Carneros Best Chardonnay, On The Road with The Grape Guy
The Wines of Note ... Here's my list of top wines from the California Wine Fair ...

Michael Pinkus, The Grape Guy,

“With over 532 wines on display (133 wineries times approximately four wines each) - there is something for everyone ... Here's my list of top wines ”

2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, 2009 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2006

2006 Merlot, Napa Valley 91pts (Very Good+), www.kenswineguide.com
...In search of the perfect bottle of Wine!

Ken's Wine Guide Tasting Panel,

“This very dark ruby colored Merlot from Merryvale finished in second place in our recent big blind tasting. It opens with a mild blackberry bouquet with a hint of cinnamon and coffee. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty and appealing black raspberry with a touch of black pepper. The panel also detected some dark chocolate and gentle oak which added to the wines complexity. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty oak tannins are nicely prolonged. The panel felt this elegant Merlot would be a good pairing with Steak Diane. Enjoy!”

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley SILVER MEDAL, 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2006 Late Harvest Riesling 89 Points, Wine Spectator
California Dessert Wines

MaryAnn Worobiec,

“A whiff of aromatic petrol lets you know this is Riesling, with ripe, intense and vibrant peach, lemon, apricot and yellow raisin flavors. Wonderfully sweet and concentrated, with a juicy acidity running through the core. Drink now through 2014. 600 cases made.”

2006 Merlot, Napa Valley SILVER MEDAL, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“At 4,913 entries, this competition continues to be the largest competition of domestic wines in the country, and it is one of the largest wine competitions in the world.”

2006 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 90 Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"The 2006 Profile (82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) is a beauty. The sweet, ripe tannins nicely frame this large-scaled, full-bodied wine. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a fragrant bouquet of tobacco leaf, spice box, white chocolate, black currants, and plums. Deep, full-bodied, expansive, and savory, it will be even better after several more years of bottle age, and should easily last for two decades or more. "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2006 Merlot, Napa Valley 88 Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"A sleeper of the vintage, the 2006 Merlot (90% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon) offers smoky, charcoal, plum, licorice, currant, and berry notes as well as a soft, seductive texture, medium to full body, and a delicious, forward fruit character. It should drink well for 10-12 years. "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 89+ Points, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Reviews Merryvale

Robert Parker,

“"A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa reveals abundant aromas and flavors of cassis, new saddle leather, spice box, and licorice. Robust but sweet tannins, and impressive concentration and length suggest it will drink well for 10-12 years. "This is another sleeper of the vintage... "This is an impressive group of wines from Merryvale Vineyards, a winery whose offerings I have not tasted for many years."”

2006 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Best of the Year Issue

Steve Heimoff,

2006 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 94 Points, www.kenswineguide.com

Ken Hoggins,

“"This wine was my second favorite wine in a blind tasting of ultra premium 2006 Napa Cabs and blends. It was very dark ruby colored and opens with a pleasant light blueberry and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine was full bodied, very nicely balanced, smooth and showed excellent finesse. The flavor profile is a delightful light blueberry and black cherry blend. There was also some nicely integrated light oak and a dash of black pepper. The finish is pleasantly dry and its fine tannins build up and sail away nicely. This elegant red blend is a very nice reflection of the vintage. I would pair this wine with a filet mignon at my favorite steak house over the next couple of years. Enjoy" - Ken”

2006 Chardonnay, Carneros Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Bright oak toast shows itself early, with lemon and clove opening up in mid-palate; the texture is oily and round, with vanillin and dry peach in the finish. Veal in a cream sauce would be nice.”

2006 Chardonnay, Carneros 89 Points, Wine Spectator

James Laube,

“Ripe and full-bodied, with a complex array of creamy pear, fig and melon flavors, joined by light toasty oak, which unfold to reveal subtle creamy nuances. Drink now through 2011. 1,050 cases made.”

2006 Chardonnay, Carneros RECOMMENDED, torontosun.com
Chardonnay's time is ripe...

Rick Vansickle,

“Here are some of the best that I tasted on a recent trip through Napa-Sonoma”

2006 Chardonnay, Carneros 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

“A lovely Chardonnay marked not only by ripeness and creamy richness, but a stony minerality that gives it a firm structure. The flavors of pineapples, pears and smoky oak are succulent. Don”

2006 Chardonnay, Carneros Silver Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“This competition is the largest competition of domestic wines in the U.S. with 4,763 entries. The complete competition results can be found by clicking here.”

2006 Late Harvest Riesling Gold Medal / Best of Class - Dessert Wine, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“This competition is the largest competition of domestic wines in the U.S. with 4,763 entries. The complete competition results can be found by clicking here.”

2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros RECOMMENDED, BestOfNewOrleans.com
Wine of the Week

Brenda Maitland,

“Grapes for this wine were harvested from Merryvale's estate vineyards and the noted Stanly Ranch vineyard. The fruit is derived from relatively new Pinot Noir clones that are producing Carneros wines of great depth and character. After fermentation, the wine is aged eight to 10 months in more than 50 percent new French oak before it is bottled. Exceptionally well-balanced, this high-quality wine shows great complexity, intense aromas and flavors, crisp acidity and supple, well-integrated tannins. In the glass, an engaging bouquet of fresh strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and toasty oak beckons, followed by cherries, spice and a hint of earthiness. Although it's a delicious aperitif, this incredibly versatile wine shines when paired with salmon, tuna, wild mushrooms, duck, veal and many other dishes.”

2006 Syrah, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros 92 Points, Wine Spectator Insider
A First Look at Our Editor's Most Exciting New Wines

James Laube,

“Bold, rich and full-bodied, with grapey, peppery wild berry flavors that are intense, deep and persistent, ending with a touch of nutmeg and chewy tannins. Drink now through 2013.”

2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros Recommended, Sante Magazine
Sante Selections

Tasting Panel,

“Clean, bright red berry and blueberry aromas and flavors with a hint of earthiness. Medium to full bodied with good balance and a note of citrus in the finish. Salmon with pesto.”

2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros MiamiHerald.com
Best wine I've tasted lately...

Fred Tasker,

“Merryvale Vineyards, of St. Helena, Calif., always turns out dependable wines ”

2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros 90 Points, Patterson's Tasting Panel Magazine

Anthony Dias Blue,

“The core Merryvale wines are expertly-crafted Napa Valley varietals, made with obvious care and attention in both the vineyard and the winery. 2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros: Juicy and clean with lively acidity, fresh red cherry and notes of earth; silky and long, with spice, fresh fruit and fine texture.”

2006 Pinot Noir, Carneros Exceptional, Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Tasting Notes

Dan Berger,

“Remarkable spice component adds interest to red cherry and delicate pomegranate aroma. Silky entry and succulent mid-palate fruit. Slightly spiced finish to pair with roast beef.”

2005

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley BiggerThanYourHead.net
50 Great Wines of 2009

Fredric Koeppel,

“"To arrive at the ”

2005 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Overall the structure is lean, but there's a lot of apricot fruit and hazelnut oak spiciness packed in there that it's easy to think of this as just another overweight Chardonnay. It is not.”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Black currant and charcoal, sharply defined, with the slightest hint of menthol, green bean and asparagus; smoke, tobacco and cassis in the finish. Beef Wellington, followed by cigars and Port.”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Peppermint and iodine that reminds one of Phelps' Insignia. Angular and intriguing, with sharply defined blackberry and iodine fruit. A New York steak would serve nicely.”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley RECOMMENDED, BiggerThanYourHead.net
Cheese Toast IV: The Merlot Intervention

Fredric Koeppel,

“"But to be honest, the best merlot I have tasted from California in a considerable time is the Merryvale Vineyards Merlot 2005, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District. Warm, rich and spicy, this 100 percent merlot wine teems with aspects of flint and shale, lead pencil, hints of black olive and dried rosemary, and roasted black currants, black cherries and plums; I mean, you could kiss this bouquet. There”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Recommended, calgarysun.com
Family Winery a Sweet Treat

Rick Vansickle,

“"For a wine lover, having dinner at Groth Vineyards and Winery is just about as good as it gets. "Add a few Napa pals such as Merryvale, Signorello and Diamond Creek and a great night turns into a magical evening of scrumptious food paired with exquisite wines. "The 2005 Merryvale (Cabernet) is a treat because the fruit that's usually destined for the top wine -- Profile -- from this estate went into the regular bottling. No Profile was made in 2005. This is a cab that is less overt than the others with a minty-sage-herb note followed by blackberry fruit and vanilla toast. It's lean on the palate with elegant fruits and minty herbs. Maybe the best match with the beef."”

2005 Chardonnay, Carneros The Wine News
California's Best Wines of 2008

Tasting Panel,

“Outstanding Chardonnays: Merryvale 2005 Chardonnay, Carneros”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Gold Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“This competition is the largest competition of domestic wines in the U.S. with 4,763 entries. The complete competition results can be found by clicking here.”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley Gold Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“This competition is the largest competition of domestic wines in the U.S. with 4,763 entries. The complete competition results can be found by clicking here.”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley My Top Picks, TASTED and WWW.TASTEDONLINE.COM
Napa Valley: Cabernet, Merlot, and Blends

Andreas Larsson,

“The nose shows a lot of dark fruit, cherry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, the palate is full-bodied and offers a great deal of fruit, ripe tannins and an opulent structure, yet with a fine balance and a long persistence, enjoyable now and a great future potential.”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley 90 Points, Wine & Spirits

Tasting Panel,

“If you like your espresso with a dash of sugar, you'll find similar flavors here in the soft tannins of this merlot. The dark fruit gets juicier with air. A round and pleasing red for roast beef.”

2005 Chardonnay, Carneros 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

“There”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley Recommended, The Baltimore Sun
Wine of the Week

Michael Dresser,

“It's a rare California merlot that makes a solid case that its vineyard wouldn't have been better planted with cabernet sauvignon. This is one of them. It's a meaty yet velvet-textured red wine with concentrated black-cherry fruit and hints of herbs and chocolate. There's better-than-average complexity here and a drawn-out finish. Although accessible young, it has the structure to age well for five-10 years.”

2005 Chardonnay, Carneros 92 Points, The Wine News

Tasting Panel,

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 90 Points, The Wine News

Tasting Panel,

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

“Most of Merryvale”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Steve Heimoff,

“Merryvale has a very good track record with Merlot, and the ”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 17 Points, JancisRobinson.com
Napa Valley's Glory - Cabernet Sauvignon

Linda Murphy,

“Impressive balance, with rich (but not over-ripe) black cherry and currant fruit, polished tannins and refreshing acidity. Hints of cedar and leafy herbs. (on a 20-point scale; rated 91 Points on a 100-point scale by this writer)”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 90 Points, WineReviewOnline.com
Today's Featured Wine...

Michael Apstein,

“Today”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley BiggerThanYourHead.net
Excellent

Fredric Koeppel,

“Merryvale Vineyards no longer offers a ”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 Points, winereviewonline.com
A few affordable (for Napa Valley, that is) gems from the 2005 vintage...

Linda Murphy,

“This St. Helena-based winery's flagship wine, a red Bordeaux blend called 'Profile' ($125), was not produced in 2005, so top-notch grapes that usually go into Profile instead went into Merryvale's 'regular' Cabernet. It's 100% Cab and is impressively balanced, with rich (but not over-ripe) black cherry fruit, polished tannins and refreshing acidity. It's young and age-worthy, yet drinking beautifully now.”

2005 Chardonnay, Carneros Sacramento Bee
The best of the year... so far

Mike Dunne,

“The white wine sweepstakes round at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition early this year had 16 wines seven of them remarkably chardonnay. Anyone predicting the outcome would have figured votes would have split amoung the chardonnay partisans opeing the way for a sauvignon blanc, gewurztraminer or other varietal to win. Didn”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley 92 Points, Patterson's Tasting Panel Magazine

Anthony Dias Blue,

“The core Merryvale wines are expertly-crafted Napa Valley varietals, made with obvious care and attention in both the vineyard and the winery. 2005 Merlot, Napa Valley: Deep, and dark with rich plum, blackberry and spice; pure, racy acid structure and a long, lingering finish. A home run.”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 92 Points, Patterson's Tasting Panel Magazine

Anthony Dias Blue,

“The core Merryvale wines are expertly-crafted Napa Valley varietals, made with obvious care and attention in both the vineyard and the winery. 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: Velvety and lush with ripe plum, berry fruit and subtle oak and spice; lovely length, balance and style.”

2005 Chardonnay, Carneros 90 Points, Patterson's Tasting Panel Magazine

Anthony Dias Blue,

“The core Merryvale wines are expertly-crafted Napa Valley varietals, made with obvious care and attention in both the vineyard and the winery. 2005 Chardonnay, Carneros: Creamy, rich and showing lots of sweet new oak and nice, racy fruit; toasty, crisp and bright.”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley GOLD MEDAL, Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley SILVER MEDAL, Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2005 Chardonnay, Carneros Best of Class Gold / Best Overall White Wine, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Sweepstakes Winner!

Tasting Panel,

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley Silver Medal Winner, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

2005 Chardonnay, Carneros Exceptional, Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Tasting Notes

Dan Berger,

“A handsome aroma of citrus and faint blossoms leads to a mid-palate loaded with charm and real Chardonnay flavors. Crisp mid-palate, and succulent enough to work with rich foods.”

2005 Merlot, Napa Valley Exceptional, Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Tasting Notes

Dan Berger,

“The aroma is bright with blue fruit, traces of tobacco and mint, and a lilting, seductive mid-palate with great acidity to pair with food. Fruit from Carneros and Oak Knoll. A startlingly superb red!”

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Exceptional, Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Tasting Notes

Dan Berger,

“A black currant and blackberry aroma opens with air to show added depth from oak. Great balance; should age nicely for a few years. Supple enough to consume now with beef.”

2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 88 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide Wines

Steve Heimoff,

“The grapes are from Pope Valley, a warmer, more inland section of the Napa Valley, but the vintage was cool, and this barrel-fermented wine shows crisp acidity and polished flavors of citrus fruits, hay, figs and melons. With a dash of S”

2004

2004 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Blackberry and cassis provide the framework for this solidly-built wine, where hints of violet suggest Pauillac but pomegranate notes remind us that California sunshine plays no small role... Says (winemaker) Sean Foster, "We like this with grilled rib-eye or an herb-encrusted rack of lamb." Well, yeah. Who wouldn't?”

2004 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley My Top Picks, TASTED and WWW.TASTEDONLINE.COM
Napa Valley: Cabernet, Merlot, and Blends

Andreas Larsson,

“Very ripe and intense nose showing off dark berries, mocha and some gentle oak, nice sweetness without being jammy, the palate is very structured with plenty of dark fruit and rigid tannins, it is still young and rather monolithic on the palate, a few more years of ageing would do no harm, fine potential here.”

2004 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 90 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“This complex mix of concentrated black fruits is aided and abetted by scents of soils, graphite and creamy oak in its rich, slightly spicy and still developing aromas. Its supple entry and hints of polish promise even more and better to come with bottle age...”

2004 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Cellar Selection

Steve Heimoff,

2004 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Here were some of my favorites..., San Jose Mercury News
Daniel: Not all Napa cab makers have lost their way...

Laurie Daniel,

“...the 2004 Merryvale Profile ($125), a Bordeaux-style blend that's plump and juicy, with ripe black cherry and good structure.”

2004 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley Quarterly Review of Wines
Best of the Best

QRW Tasting Team,

“Rich, concentrated, well-knit, spiced pear and toasted nut flavors.”

2004 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Exceptional, Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Tasting Notes

Dan Berger,

“Few Cabs are worth this much, but this newer approach is superb. Nicely knit aroma (cherry and subtle spices) with faint hints of dried herbs. Graceful structure and balance for aging, but also great now with aeration.”

2004 Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros 92 Points, Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide Wines

Steve Heimoff,

“Here's a seriously good Chardonnay that fruit lovers will covet, but it's also enormously oaky. I like all that new French wood because the caramelly, smoky vanilla and buttered toast, which is boosted by total malolactic fermentation, works well with the mangoes, papayas and pineapples. But I know people who would call this Chard toothpicky.”

2003

2003 Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Cassis and tobacco that stretch out and relax on your palate like a treasured guest taking off his shoes and getting comfy in front of a big screen and a big game. The wine is soft and broad and, yes, comfy.”

2003 Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Recommended Merlots

Tasting Panel,

“Rich and showy. Aromas and flavors of cherry, black cherry, cassis, currants, licorice and cola. Pronounced oak.”

2003 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide Wines

Steve Heimoff,

“Merryvale's Profile has been one of the most reliable Bordeaux blends for a long time, and the '03, which is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, is a very fine expression of the house style. A blend of impressive vineyards, it's opulent in black currant flavors, and is most notable for its softly elegant balance. It's the kind of wine that will dazzle even people who say they don't like reds.”

2003 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 93 Points, Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide Wines

Steve Heimoff,

“Silhouette typically is held back a little longer than most Chards, which seems to soften it slightly. Still, the '03 is as fresh and pure in fruit as a young wine. It brims with ripe green apple butter, pineapple custard, butterscotch and spicy rum flavors that are well-oaked, and has none of the herbaceousness that often marks Napa Valley Chardonnay.”

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide Wines

Steve Heimoff,

“So rich, so opulent in primary fruit extract and new oak that it just demands time in the bottle to calm down. Explodes in cassis flavors spiced up with sweet, charry oak, and the tannins are fresh, young and vibrant, the kind that will usher this wine through a long lifetime.”

2003 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide Wines

Steve Heimoff,

“Merryvale's '03 Reserve doesn't quite show the complexity of the Clone 6 or Vineyard X bottlings, but then again, it's nowhere near the price. And as rich as it is, it's a comparative bargain. With luxuriously soft tannins, it's opulent in black currant, cocoa and new oak flavors that finish long and smooth.”

2003 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard The Press Democrat
Good Value and the Occasional Splurge...

Peg Melnik,

“Weekly wine pick... Merryvale, 2003 Beckstoffer Vineyards Las Amigas Vineyard, Carneros Merlot -- A juicy ripe merlot, with firm tannins. Notes of cherry, black cherry and spice.”

2003 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle's Wine Selections -- Napa Merlot

Tasting Panel,

“Ample oak here, with cocoa, coconut and subtle burnt leaf on the nose. A bright core of acidity -- the virtures of cooler Carneros -- underscores refreshing plum flavors and yields a long, tangy finish. Not a wide range of flavor, but the balance is pleasing. Only 14 out of 58 wines tasted were recommended -- two stars signifies good rating.”

2003 Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle's Wine Selections -- Napa Merlot

Tasting Panel,

“Lots of cocoa and plum on the nose, with sour cherry highlights and a gripping core of lingering fruit. Almost too much structure, but bold flavors sustain it. Hints of oak char on the finish. Only 14 out of 58 wines tasted were recommended -- two and a half stars signifies good to excellent rating.”

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X Quarterly Review of Wines
Best of the Best

Tasting Panel,

“At the 23rd annual Blind Tasting of California Cabs, the 2003 Merryvale Beckstoffer Vineyard X Oakville was one of the top 6 wines of the show, earning "Best of the Best" / "5 Stars" / "Outstanding" (the highest possible rating). 129 wines were tasting blind over two days. Results will appear in the Summer issue.”

2003 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Top 45 Merlots From Around the Globe

Steve Heimoff,

“This is an enormously complex and appealing Merlot that's offering its best fruit now and for the next three or four years. It's fresh and lively in oak-enhanced blackberry jam, cassis, blueberry, licorice, mushu plum sauce and coffee flavors that last for a full minute into the finish. Shows the elegant balance and finesse of a great Napa red.”

2003 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 89 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“Attractive scents of ripe apples vie for attention with hardwood spice and a touch of creme brulee in the medium-volume nose of this somewhat rounded and supple wine. It is rich and full of developed, inviting character on the palate where its suggestions of clove and toast add to its charms. If directed by oak at the very finish, it stays in balance throughout.”

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X San Francisco Chronicle
Weekly Wine Pick

Tasting Panel,

“Sourced from a mix of old and young vines off one of Andy Beckstoffer's Oakville bench plantings, given two-thirds new French oak... A strong perfume scent above the dark-black fruit...”

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Clone Six 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Buying Guide

Steve Heimoff,

“Very ripe and aromatic, throwing out cascades of inviting scents. New toasty oak dominates, with undercurrents of blackberry jam, blueberry, mocha and anise. In the mouth, huge, lush powerful, and explosively fruity young wine, yet maintains balance and elegance. Really good. Best now - 2015.”

2003 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley San Francisco Chronicle
Top 100 Wines of 2006

Linda Murphy and Lynne Char Bennett,

“Powerful and taut now, it has toast and juniper-berry aromas and a palate of lush blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, vanilla, clove and coffee. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it should soften with time.”

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 89 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“...From one of Napa's premier vineyards... Depth and suppleness get it big points, and for those who are not wed to Cabernet specificity, this one will be especially rewarding. We think it will look better in more balanced vintages, but we also admit that it will certainly drink well for several years to come.”

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 92 Points, Tastings.com
World Wine Championships

BTI Tasting Panel,

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Clone Six 90 Points, Tastings.com
World Wine Championships

BTI Tasting Panel,

2003 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 93 Points, Tastings.com
World Wine Championships

BTI Tasting Panel,

2003 Zinfandel, Napa Valley Appellation Signature Wine, APPELLATIONamerica.com
Recommended Wine

Alan Goldfarb,

“This was one of longtime Merryvale winemaker Steve Test's last wines before going out on his own. What a wine it is, too. Everything you'd expect from a Napa Valley Zinfandel is in place here. It's big, and given time, this purports to be a great wine. There's juicy blackberry and wild cherry. It's simply beautiful. Hold onto it for a couple of years and then love it for the next 20 years. According to the technical notes on the wine, the vines at the Jan Vineyard on Mills Lane in St. Helena are 'very old.' They are head trained and dry-farmed -- the way Zinfandel used to be grown and tended to. In the cellar, the wine was made with minimal invasiveness including native yeasts and no fining or filtering. The grapes were picked at a very low 22.9 degree brix, but the final listed alcohol is a surprising 15 percent. However, the latter is hardly noticed. The wine was aged for 17 months in 22 percent new French oak barrels. There were only 202 cases produced. This Zinfandel was also selected as an Appellation Signature Wine by a panel of St. Helena winemakers in an Appellation Discovery tasting on June 22, 2006.”

2003 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Piedmont Post
Top California Cabernets

Pierre du Mont,

“A classic Bordeaux blend made with all the typical varietals except Malbec. Inky dark in color, the nose has the earthy complexity of good Bordeaux yet the opulent fruit California cab is known for. This wine needs a few years of age to show all it's got.”

2003 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 2006 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
Critics Gold

Robert Whitley,

“Excellent! A wine of depth and power with complex aromas and a long stylish finish.”

2003 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley San Francisco Chronicle
Excellent

Linda Murphy,

“This is a big, powerful wine, with toasty oak and juniper berry aromas leading to a palate of rich blueberry and blackberry, dark chocolate, vanilla, clove and coffee. Layers of flavor continue on the finish, and while the wine is tannic now, firm acidity refreshes the palate.”

2003 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2006 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
Critics Award

Linda Murphy,

“Complete, with juicy citrus, apple and hazelnut. Some mineral with good acidity.”

2003 Pinot Noir, Carneros AppellationAmerica.com
Appellation Signature Selection

Tasting Panel,

“Excellent Pinot definition, with a racy cherry aroma, good acidity and structure. Tannins are soft and pliable with a trace of oak in the finish. Slight spice character and good length. Just a tiny trace of dried herbs, adding complexity.”

2003 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros AppellationAmerica.com
Appellation Signature Selection

Tasting Panel,

“Evident in the wine are oak and butterscotch overtones with perfumed orange blossom aromas. On the palate, this Chardonnay is complex and elegant on a nutty, rather than fruit-driven texture, although some pineapple emerges. The length is good, where there's a cleansing wash of acidity.”

2003 Pinot Noir, Carneros 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Recommended by the Wine Enthusiast with 89 Points!

Joe Czerwinski,

“This is a plump, corpulent Pinot with soft tannins and loads of plum, black cherry and cola flavors. Has some cinnamon and clove notes as well, and a warm, velvety finish.”

2003 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 90 Points/Panel Favorite, Wine Enthusiast
90 Points/Panel Favorite

Joe Czerwinski & Wine Enthusiast Tasting Panel,

“Definitely full of peach aromas, and on the side you'll find with accents of smoke, caramel and lemon curd. If that sounds heavy, it's not. In fact, this wine shows excellent balance. The palate is pure, with sweet pineapple and nectarine. And the finish is flattering; the the mineral, chalky quality on the finish is just right. Purity is this wine's first, middle and last name.”

2002

2002 Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“Creamy oak abounds in the cherry-like aromas and again in the properly ripened, moderately fruity flavors of this supple, well-balanced, medium-full bodied wine. Its large fraction of Cabernet is made manifest in a push of last-minute tannins, but the fruit and the feel of this one are always those of Merlot.”

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
91 Points - Cellar Selection

Tasting Panel,

“...this Cab has plenty of flash in the ripe Cabernet fruit, rich oak, dense tannins and crisp acidity...”

2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2006 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
Critics Gold

Robert Whitley,

“Rich, ripe and luscious--a beautiful wine.”

2002 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley The Miami Herald
Highly Recommended

Fred Tasker,

“Oak and red berry aromas; flavors of raspberries, cherries and coffee; medium body; long finish.”

2002 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard Korea Wine Challenge 2006
Gold Medal

Tasting Panel,

2002 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley The Quarterly Review of Wines
5 Stars - Outstanding; Best of the Best

Tasting Panel,

“At the 22nd Annual Blind Best of Best Chardonnay tasting, this wine was one of only 4 wines to receive the coveted 5-Stars/Outstanding at the Best of Best with the following tasting notes: Very French (indeed, reminiscent of top-class Meursault), with lush, nutty, pear, toffee and mineral flavors.”

2002 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard 92 Points, Patterson's Beverage Journal
92 Points from Anthony Dias Blue

Anthony Dias Blue,

“Lush and bright with lively acidity and searingly pure berry fruit; excellent”

2002 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 92 Points, The Wine News
92 Points from The Wine News

Tasting Panel,

“Forward aromas of stewed plum and maraschino cherry with a pungent, mushroom-like note. Crisp, racy red fruit, cedar and clove flavors. Needs time... Great potential.”

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X Restaurant Wine
Four Stars From Restaurant Wine

Ronn Wiegand, MS, MW,

“Fleshy, full bodied, and quite complex in flavor; an excellent Cabernet, boasting of toast, caramel, dried berries, licorice, and tobacco. Long aftertaste. Unfiltered. 1,550 cases.”

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 90 Points, The Wine News
90 Points from The Wine News

Tasting Panel,

“An initial whiff of coconut yields to serious aromas of black currant, pencil, anise and smoke. Concentrated flavors of black fruit, redwood and spicy cedar. Long, peppery close.”

2002 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard Restaurant Wine
Four Stars from Restaurant Wine

Ronn Wiegand, MS, MW,

“A firm, full bodied, finely flavored Merlot, which is supple in texture, medium rich (toast, tobacco, black currant, licorice aromas/flavors), and long on the finish. Excellent. Unfiltered. 1,350 cases.”

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 92 Points, winereviewonline.com
92 Points at winereviewonline.com

Michael Franz,

“At a serious price such as this, one had better put a serious wine in the bottle, but no consumer will come away doubting the seriousness of this baby. The blackberry fruit is very intense and concentrated, with nice acidity and lots and lots of tannin. However, the tannin is fairly fine in grain, and the oak is largely absorbed by the fruit already, so this can be enjoyed now with commensurately serious food--such as a grilled steak”

2002 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard 90 Points, winereviewonline.com
90 Points from winereviewonline.com

Michael Franz,

“A fair number of vintners working in Carneros will tell you (off the record, generally) that the region is really proving too warm to make great Pinot Noir, but that Merlot and Syrah are shaping up to be the lead varieties in the area. This wine lends credence to that notion. With impressively powerful aromatics and admirable depth of flavor, this is not your average dumbed-down Cabernet, but rather a gutsy Merlot that shows power without losing varietal character. This shows up in the form of plum and berry notes that are vivid but not grapey or obvious, being nicely intertwined with tannins and notes of smoky oak. Excellent!”

2002 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine & Spirits
92 Points from Wine & Spirits

Tasting Panel,

“Steve Test blends this from eight vineyards, including Merryvale Estate, Beckstoffer-Georges III, VI, X and ToKalon, to create a bright red modulated by earthy, mineral tannins. The flavors layer red cherry with herbs and the dark fruit of wild mushrooms. That distinctive herbal complexity will meld with roast partridge.”

2002 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 90 Points, Wine Spectator
90 Points

James Laube,

“This wine combines firm, ripe, complex fruit with excellent structure. The core flavors are centered around a mix of currant, black cherry and plum and the acidity and tannins are in the right proportion, giving it a resemblance to a fine Bordeaux.”

2002 Syrah, Stanly Ranch Estate, Carneros Top Choice, MSNBC
Top Choice

Edward Deitch,

“Intense and delicious dark-berry fruit and spice, defined by blackberry and mocha notes. The tannins gave it a chewinessthat I liked as part of a long finish. A good acid level brought balance.”

2002 Pinot Noir, Carneros 90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast
90 POINTS

Steve Heimoff,

“A lovely wine that benefits from its cool climate origins. Bright, fresh acidity accompanies cherry, sweet funky leather and spice flavors, and the mouthfeel is delicate and fine. This is beautiful, complex food wine.”

2002 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Panel Favorite, San Francisco Chronicle
Panel Favorite

“Panel favorite. Fresh aromas of tropical fruit, lemon curd, hazelnut, herb and grass with gooseberry, lime and kiwi fruit flavors; finishes with a bit of white pepper.”

2001

2001 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 89 Points, The Wine Advocate
2001 Vintage Retrospective Tasting

Robert Parker,

“The 2001 Profile is an excellent wine, but recent vintages are even stronger. The fully mature 2001, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, exhibits a dense plum/garnet color as well as a sweet perfume of tobacco leaf, incense, roasted herbs, and red and black currants. Good opulence and a lush texture result in an attractive attack and mid-palate. Then the wine softens and seems fully mature. However, in a cold cellar it will last another 7-10 years.”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Clone Six 90 POINTS, WineSpectator.com
A Napa Cabernet from the Cellar

James Laube,

“I did some cellar cleaning the other day, moving in a few bottles and poking into bins to see whether I had lost track of any wines. For years, my cellar has mostly consisted of wines in ones and twos; I don”

2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 Points, Wine & Spirits
91 Points

P.J.C.,

“Test's '01 Reserve Cabernet has a similarly dense structure that allows black cherry flavors to act as highlights to the overall wine, instead of dominating it with jammy character.”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
90 Points from Wine Enthusiast

Joe Czerwinski,

“From a vineyard just behind Brix restaurant, this is a soft-textured, full-bodied Cab with dark plum and earth flavors. Picks up hints of tobacco and chocolate on the finish.”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Clone Six 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

Joe Czerwinski & the Wine Enthusiast Tasting Panel,

“Mint, cedar and a bit of tomato leaf accent lovely cassis fruit. Full-bodied, with a slightly dusty mouthfeel, like finely ground cinnamon or cocoa, and picking up hints of those flavors as well. Finishes clean and crisp, with soft tannins.”

2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Wine Selection, San Francisco Chronicle
Wine Selection

Tasting Panel,

“Raspberry, cedar and wood spice aromas with flavors of plum, olive, coffee and dark chocolate.”

2001 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley My Favorite, Sacramento Bee
Vivid, rich & least expensive

Mike Dunne,

“You simply can't judge wine by price. That's so even when all prices are steep and vary little from one label to the next. This lesson was delivered again the other day when officials of Merryvale Vineyards in the Napa Valley brought their annual comparative blind tasting to Sacramento for the first time. For nine years, they've visited 10 cities in quick succession, inviting local wine stewards, wine merchants and the like to sit down to a flight of eight high-end cabernet sauvignons and Bordeaux-style blends. Going in, tasters don't know the identity of the wines, though it's safe to assume one will be from Merryvale. This year, the wines were from the 2001 vintage, and each was priced at around $100. My favorite was the fourth wine from the left in the crescent of glasses before each taster. It was vivid with the smell of Bing cherries and rich with the taste of sweet fruit. It also had the longest finish of any wine in the flight, and was the most European, with suggestions of sandalwood and madro”

2001 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 94 Points, Patterson's Beverage Journal
94 Points

Anthony Dias Blue,

“Lush and plummy with blackberry notes and sweet oak; long, round and balanced.”

2001 Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley 91 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91 Points & Good Value

Charles Olken,

“Rich oak lifts and enriches lots of fresh, well-ripened cherries in the mildly minerally aromas of this very solid Merlot, and the wine follows suit on the palate with deep, nicely defined flavors that combine continuous fruit and ample oak with a reiterated touch of stony soil. The wine has the substance and the strength to grow for several years. GOOD VALUE”

2001 Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley Top Ten California Merlots, San Francisco Chronicle
Top Ten California Merlots

Blake Gray,

“..."I consulted with sommeliers and read media reports before rounding up California's most esteemed Merlots to sample. From that exalted group, I present this list of the 10 best California Merlots. 2001 Merryvale Reserve Napa Valley Merlot ($32) -- Aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry, violet, milk chocolate, leather and cherry tobacco. Mature entry of leather; cherry and raspberry build mid-palate, with hint of milk chocolate. Very smooth tannins. Bright fruit and violet on medium-long finish.”

2001 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard Wine Selection - Napa Valley Merlots, San Francisco Chronicle
Wine Selection - Napa Valley Merlots

“Round with layered fruit and oak with cherry, cranberry, plum, dark chocolate and spice aromas and flavors with hints of bacon fat.”

2001 Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley Excellent & The Panel Favorite!, San Francisco Chronicle
Panel Favorite!

“Excellent and the panel favorite. Violet, cherry, dark berry and leather aromas; dense, rich cassis, dark plum and chocolate flavors; tobacco and violet notes on finish.”

2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

Steve Heimoff,

“A beautiful Cab, soft and luscious, with nuances that keep you coming back. Black currant, cassis, coffee, green olive and smoky oak flavors are wrapped in easy tannins that finish smoothly and gently.”

2001 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Wow, They've done it again!, Hi-Times Wine Cellars Newsletter

Hi-Times Wine Cellars (Los Angeles),

“Wow, they've done it again. Merryvale is pumping out quality wine year after year! Profile is Merryvale's top tier of red wine, comprised of Bordeaux varietals from some of Napa Valley's most esteemed vineyards, such as Beckstoffer, Georges III, To-Kalon, Las Amigas, as well as their own estate. Assembled from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and with a splash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, of which 91% were new. This opaque, garnet-colored wine has an explosive nose of roasted nuts, violets and toasty oak. Once it hits your palate, mocha, currant, black cherry, and bramble fruit lead into a dense, structured mouthful of wine! The finish is long, with evident tannins. It should only be consumed now by those who prefer a big, full-bodied Cab. All others should lay this down in their cellar and forget about it for at least five years!”

2001 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley The Wine Investor/Buyer's Guide
Four Stars!

Jonathan Levine,

“An outstanding Meritage blend. You have to act quickly to ensure that your cellar fits the Profile or vice versa. Perfect balance with great depth and silky texture. There are layers upon layers of aromatic flavor. Plums, cassis, mocha, and olives are all detectable and delectable.”

2001 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard The Wine Investor/Buyer's Guide
Three Stars!

Jonathan Levine,

“A soft berry-scented wine that is supple and full-bodied. Another seriousMerlot that is not wimpy or fragile. Fruity, round and plump with stuffing and backbone that will age gracefully.”

2001 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

Steve Heimoff,

“An amazingly delicious and complex wine. Dark and rich, filled with black currant, cocoa and new oak flavors and lush tannins. Finishes with a scour of fresh acidity. Made from some of Napa's greatest vineyards, such as To-Kalon and Georges III, this is a wine with a great future.”

2001 ‘Silhouette’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
92 Points

Steve Heimoff,

“Lots of new oak and lees lend this wine toasty, yeasty, creamy notes, with vanilla on the finish. The fruit? It's green apples and papayas, with liberal acids. Should develop over the next few years.”

2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 Points, Wine & Spirits
91 Points

Joshua Greene,

“Steve Test consistently fashions generous, solidly built Napa cabernets for Merryvale, this reserve meeting the standard with black cherry flavor enriched by toasty French oak.”

2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Washington Post
Superb Value - A Showstopper

Ben Giliberti,

“A showstopper... Under the guiding hand of superstar winemaker Stephen Test, the Reserve has emerged as a slightly gentler, more approachable version of other megaliths. The Reserve is sourced from Georges III, Beckstoffer X and ToKalon, legendary vineyards with which the winery has secured long-term contracts to supplement its own production. While this wine can age for five years or more, it is thoroughly enjoyable now as a great young Cabernet.”

2001 Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros 90 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast
90 POINTS

Steve Heimoff,

“This is an elegant Chard with apple, pear and toasted coconut flavors spiced with liberal doses of smoky oak and lees. It has very crisp, citrusy acids that make it clean and lively. Will be a good companion to a wide range of foods.”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 94 Points & Top Ten Cabs of the Year, Wine & Spirits
94 Points & Top Ten Cabs of the Year

Joshua Greene,

“The gorgeous robe of color and huge hit of expensive oak come first. Then zesty, fresh fruit and perfectly matured tannins fill the wine with depth and a graceful intensity. Finely grown, this has power without over-ripeness, the pure currant flavor lasting with the quality and richness of a grand vin. A great 2001, this is delicious now, and should continue to improve for ten years from the vintage.”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

Steve Heimoff,

“This is a very dry and well-balanced Cab with some very pedigreed origins. ...Oozes class. It provides elegant drinking now, yet seems destined to improve.”

2001 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard 90 Points, Wine & Spirits
90 Points

Joshua Greene,

“An intriguing scent of red fruit and sweet William give this merlot dimension. The fruit is rich and sweet, the texture soft and velvety.”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Clone Six Restaurant Wine
Four Stars

Ronn Wiegand, MS, MW,

“Fleshy and full bodied, with evident new oak character; a richly flavored Cabernet, with fine balance, and a medium long finish. It tastes of dried berries, vanilla, toasted oak and tobacco.”

2001 Merlot – Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard Restaurant Wine
FOUR STARS

Ronn Wiegand, MS, MW,

“Fleshy and moderately complex in flavor, this is an excellent Merlot, which is luscious in texture, tastes of blueberry, vanilla, spicy oak, and baked cherry.”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Clone Six 94 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
94 Points!

Charles Olken,

“"Keenly focused and well-concentrated aromas of black cherries, currants, dark chocolate and creamy oak make an inviting start to this plush, rich wine, and its deep, fleshy, mouthfilling flavors strongly reiterate all the good that has gone before. Fairly full in body and supple across the palate before running into an ample dose of youthful tannins, this dramatic young bottling deserves up to a decade of cellaring."”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Vineyard X 91 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91 Points!

Charles Olken,

“91 Points "If a little bit less outgoing in personality than its partner above, this handsomely crafted bottling excites with its curranty fruit and its black olive, woodsy and richly oaked aromatic seasonings. It is fairly supple in feel and ripe in aspect with accessible flavors that sing of currants, black cherries and cr”

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beckstoffer Clone Six 90 Points!, Wine Spectator
90 Points!

James Laube,

“Ripe, smooth currant, plum, blackberry and gingersnap flavors glide across the palate. Rich and concentrated, this wine makes a statement with its finesse and grace, finishing with ripe, fine-grained tannins.”

2001 Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch 91 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast
91 POINTS

Steve Heimoff,

“Solidly in the Merryvale style, featuring exuberantly ripe fruit and lavish oak balanced with acidity. The intense flavors veer toward spicy pears, pineapple and white peach and last through a long finish.”

2001 Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros Great Wine, Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition
Great Wine

2000

2000 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley EXCELLENT! PANEL FAVORITE!, San Francisco Chronicle
EXCELLENT! PANEL FAVORITE!

SF Chronicle Tasting Panel,

“Tasting of 99,00,01 Napa Valley Bordeaux-style blends. Only 2 of 15 tasted rated Excellent! "Excellent and a panel favorite. Ripe nose of blackberry, cassis, mint and dusty earth; similar flavors plus cedar, plum, full-bodied fruit and chocolate. Complex, balanced."”

2000 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 90 POINTS, Wine & Spirits
90 POINTS

Joshua Greene,

“Cabernet sauvignon flavors dominate this heady and stylish red, even though it accounts for just over half of the blend... Dark in tone, black as a starry night sky... powerful in its tannic richness... This should age beautifully; or decant it now for a steak.”

2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 91 POINTS, Wine & Spirits
91 POINTS

Joshua Greene,

“Glides along with dark plum flavors on a dusty richness of tannin. The wine's generosity is there in the welcoming texture and the dark, lasting spice.”

2000 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley 92 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92 Points & 2 Puffs

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot,

“The shining star of the Merryvale clan, the Profile bottling is big, bold, deeply constituted wine that married lots of concentrated, black currant qualities with a most generous dose of lovely oak. Redolent of sweet cream, coffee, cocoa and caramel,it is kept solidly on course by its unwavering fruit.”

1999

1999 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“A bold statement of fleshy-yet-sharp iodine, peppermint and black ink, reinforced with layers of cassis and black currant that settle in for a long ride. This wine is just beginning its maturity, setting a good example why these wines require a judicious bit of time in bottle before the festivities commence.”

1999 ‘Profile’, Napa Valley Recommended, calgarysun.com
Family Winery a Sweet Treat

Rick Vansickle,

“"For a wine lover, having dinner at Groth Vineyards and Winery is just about as good as it gets. "Add a few Napa pals such as Merryvale, Signorello and Diamond Creek and a great night turns into a magical evening of scrumptious food paired with exquisite wines. "As a treat, to end the evening, we enjoyed a Merryvale Profile 1999 that is just now coming into its own. It was paired with three artisanal local cheeses. This is a wine that is chock full of plum, earth, currants, blueberry and cedar notes on the nose. It still has some tannic grip but drinking beautifully -- and a treat with the selection of cheeses.”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine Recommended, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Thanksgiving Dessert Wines

Virginie Boone,

“Here are some locally produced favorites... Merryvale Antigua Dessert Wine: Merryvale makes this wine using Muscat de Frontignan grapes harvested from 1970 to 1983 and again from 1992 to 1994 and fortifying the wine with pot-still brandy crafted in the Napa Valley, like a port. The whole lot then ages in French oak barrels for an average of 11 years, turning it a deep butterscotch color and allowing aromas and flavors of orange peel and hazelnut to settle in.”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine GOLD MEDAL / BEST OF CLASS, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Tasting Panel,

“Results are just in from the SF Chron Wine Competition, which is now the largest competition of domestic wines at over 5,000 entries.”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine KRSH - The Krush 95.9FM
Thanksgiving Wine Picks!

Ziggy, the Wine Gal,

“Merryvale Antigua is the featured dessert selection for Thanksgiving Wine Picks!”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine A Hidden Treasure, The Amateur Gastronomer Blog
AG PICK: Merryvale Antigua Dessert Wine

Robin Austin, Food & Wine Blogger,

“One of the best things is discovering a wine that you forgot was in your collection. It”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine Recommended, Quarterly Review of Wines
Merryvale's Wines

Richard Paul Hinkle,

“Merryvale's unique dessert wine is a lush blend of fortified Muscat from vintages 1970 through 1983 and 1992 through 1997. Made in solera style (a layered meld of different vintages), the wine is intoxicatingly aromatic, with apricot and orange peel, and the texture is fleshy and thick.”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine Orange County Register
Weekly Wine Picks

Lynne Char Bennett,

“Medium amber color. Nutty toasted almond, frangipani, candied orange peel and dried apricot aromas and flavors with hints of caramel and sherry notes. Fortified with fine brandy and aged an average of 11 years in French oak. An interesting dessert wine with intrigue and nuance.”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine RECOMMENDED, Gourmet Magazine
RECOMMENDED WINE for Romantic Dinner

Gerald Asher,

“"... As for our fondue, chocolate is never easy on a dessert wine, but Merryvale Antigua, a Muscat de Frontignan blend drawn from vintages that go back to 1970, has the power to withstand chocolate's underlying bitterness but still marries well with the accompanying raspberries and macaroons."”

‘Antigua’ Dessert Wine 2011 Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition