With a smooth mouthfeel and inviting tannins, this Merlot exhibits flavors of raspberry and strawberry, with hints of vanilla oak and caramel and a long, fruity finish.
Wine Color: Red
Varietals: 83% Merlot, 6% Barbera, 6% Petit Verdot
Appellation: 97% Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
Acid: 0.52 g/100ml
The fruit for Sandstone Merlot comes from a gently sloping formation of hills running along the southeastern corner of the famous Livermore Valley. The Wente family’s hillside Merlot vineyards deliver fully ripened fruit with exceptional depth of character.
Each varietal was harvested separately and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was pumped over twice daily to increases the color and tannin extractions and improves mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen.
Aged for 20 months in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak.