Award & Accolades

Merlot, Bench Vineyards

Merlot, Bench Vineyards
  • 2018

    • Critics Challenge

      91 Points & Gold Medal

    • Beverage Testing Institute

      89 Points, "An easy-to-pair, strong-structured Merlot..."

  • 2017

    • Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition

      Double Gold Medal & Best of Class

    • Wine Spectator

      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.