Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Merlot 100%

Alcohol:  14.0%

pH:  3.58

TA:  6.6 g/L

Size:  750ml


Retail Price: $20.00

Merlot from the Wetzel Family Estate has a reputation for being a big, structured wine. 

First produced in 1984, this has never been one of those fruit bombs or thin and wimpy wines.

The western drought continued in 2015 and was once again the topic of much discussion. A cool spring, rain at bloom and a hot July along with the continued effects from the lack of rain contributed to lower yields. As a result the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors at harvest.

We prune our Merlot vines heavily and drop fruit several times during the growing season so that each cluster of grapes has rich concentration and good structure.  Winemaker Kevin Hall has found that fermenting Merlot at a little cooler temperature than some of our other Bordeaux grapes maintains the lush flavors and structure as well. After fermentation the lots spend 15 months aging in a combination of French and American oak barrels.

This wine always impresses red wine lovers, and we refer to it as a Merlot for Cabernet lovers. There are spicy, earthy aromas of cassis, black cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and cedar in the glass. This wine has broad mouthfeel with flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum and chocolate. This is a big, nicely balanced wine with chewy tannins on the long finish.


2015: 88 points  - Beverage Testing Institute
2015: Gold Medal- Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Competition