Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2013 from the cooler vineyards on the estate, facing the San Francisco Bay, where the cooling ocean breezes look after a slow ripening of the Merlot grapes. Grgich Hills Estate is perhaps difficult to pronounce but easy to appreciate. All of the vineyards on the estate are farmed naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides. All Grgich Hills Estate wines are certified organic.
The Merlot is very well balanced, a silky-velvety red wine preferred by so many. It is packed with red currant and black liquorice, together with some savoury herbs. The wine offers very fine tannins and a vibrant acidity, so there is a lot to appreciate with every sip. Think of some rack lamb, prime rib, perhaps some duck or barbecued pork.