Award & Accolades
Merlot, Bench Vineyards
91 Points & Gold Medal
Beverage Testing Institute
89 Points, "An easy-to-pair, strong-structured Merlot..."
- Critics Challenge
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal & Best of Class
90 Points: "Well-structured, with a firm backbone of acidity to the dried dark currant, dark cherry and dried berry flavors. Cedary accents show midpalate, featuring notes of graphite and slate on the tannic finish. Drink now through 2023." 2,500 cases made.—Kim Marcus printable
89 Points “Some meaty and spicy, earthy notes really drive the nose with roses and red berries. The palate has a crunchy and juicy feel with a rich array of bold, meaty tannin to close. Drink or hold.”
Press Democrat, Wine of the Week, Peg Melnik
"This merlot over-delivers in a big way. A feminine wine, it’s both complex and balanced. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, plum and vanilla
bean. And it makes a lasting impression with its black raspberry finish. Striking." Peg Melnik Flyer here.
- Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition