Award & Accolades

Merlot, Bench Vineyards

Merlot, Bench Vineyards
  • 2017

    • 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

    • JamesSuckling.com

      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.

  • 2014

    • Golds and Points

      • Gold Medal: The Fifty Best Merlots Read More »
      • 90 Points, Excellent: Enobytes Read More »
      • Gold Medal: Jefferson Cup Awards

    • California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2017

      91 Points