Wente Vineyards Sandstone Merlot 2019
Region: California, USA
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 86% Merlot 6% Petit Sirah 3% Malbec 2% Petite Verdot 1.5% Mourvedre 1.5% Syrah
andstone Merlot is supple and beautifully balanced, showcasing aromas of ripe red cherry and plum that are complimented by creamy oak notes of sweet caramel and vanilla bean. Additional notes of white pepper, cardamom, and graphite provide more complexity and continue to develop as the wine breathes in the glass.
Since 1883, five generations of our family have handcrafted fine wines that express the very best of our vineyards and winemaking expertise. The Wente Family has been growing outstanding Merlot and Bordeaux varieties in the Livermore Valley since 1883. Our Sandstone Merlot comes from hillside vineyards in the Central Coast of California with the namesake sandstone soils. The vineyards benefit from warm days, well-drained soils, and cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean.
Wente has always had our roots firmly planted in a family of hard-working farmers. In 1883, Carl H. Wente, a German immigrant, purchased 48 acres of vineyard land in the Livermore Valley, California and began building a winery. In 1912, 2nd Generation Ernest Wente persuaded his father and founder, C.H. Wente, to import Chardonnay cuttings from a well-known vine nursery, F. Richter Nursery in Montpellier, France, to the Livermore Valley. Ernest hand-picked vines that showed the best health and pronounced flavors, grafted the two together, and propagated those characteristics forward. The result was aptly called the ‘Wente Clone’, which today makes up over 75% of all Chardonnay planted in California!