This Merlot captures the essence of Mendocino wines; strong, vibrant and packed with scents and flavors reminiscent of the ripest black cherries. French oak induces hints of spice and bold, supple tannins offer strength and concentration throughout the wine.
Vineyards: An extended growing season, long hot days and cool maritime-influenced nights combine to make Mendocino a world-class winegrowing region. The benchland vineyards from which we source our fruit offer soils with exceptional drainage and vines whose roots grow deeper than typical valley floor vines, adding complexity to the fruit. Sustainable farming practices ensure that these small-production wines are intense, bold and full of character, much like the region itself. We are proud to partner with respected growers such as Rhodes Vineyards, H&W, Stanton Ranch and Piffero Vineyards.Winemaking: Overseeing fruit sourcing and winemaking is our renowned winemaker Michael Westrick. Michael has been crafting top-tier, Bordeaux-inspired wines for more than 20 years and has directed winemaking for such well-known wineries as Sterling Vineyards in Napa and Stonestreet Winery in Sonoma. With a hands-on approach and well-honed craft, Michael is excited to now create exceptional Cabernet and Merlot from Mendocino County. Handpicked fruit and small-lot winemaking captures the full-flavored, terroir-specific expression of this region.Estate Winery: Down the road from the Russian River in the southern hills of Mendocino County, our expert winemaker crafts powerful yet approachable wines all at our estate winery. Starting with meticulous vineyard management and continuing through harvest and fermentation, wines produced at `Ray's Station' deliver the highest of quality. In addition to our well-known Cabernet and Merlot, we also produce a handful of small-lot wines from hand-selected barrels in our cellar.