This profound expression of the varietal reflects the richly endowed soils of the world class estate vineyards of Carmody McKnight. Experience 100% the varietal without manipulation. Review from Appellation America: "consistently intense, powerfully elegant and extraordinarily well balanced."
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Acknowledged as the supreme Merlot of the Central Coast, Carmody McKnight Estate Merlot reminds us convincingly that Merlot is indeed one of the "noble" wines. This profound expression of the varietal reflects the richly endowed soils and textbook micro-climates of the world class estate vineyards of Carmody McKnight. As with our Cadenza, this estate Merlot is a major multiple gold medal winner and a wine of unusual depth and character... and always -- a sensual adventure!
Carmody McKnight Merlot is not only estate grown but is also 100% the varietal, year after year. This combination is almost non-existent in California but is at the essence of our approach to wine-growing and making, where the true, un-manipulated varietal experience is cherished and pursued.
As with all our wines this majestic Merlot is racked clean meticulously, hand-bottled and hand-labeled unfiltered and unfined. This is a wine that can claim the word hand-crafted.
The Merlot is hand-bottled in editions. Winemaker, Greg Cropper, carefully and sensitively evaluates each barrel that has stored the wine in our sustainable straw-bale winery for over four years in the most judicious aging program designed for any wine. A barrel is employed only when ready, each barrel finds its own course to final maturity which necessitates bottling the wine in consecutive “editions.