Elegant: Silky, Black Cherry, Cassis, Tea Leaf
Long before it became fashionable, Gainey was farming sustainably with a longstanding commitment to the land and the Santa Ynez community. This 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc is from the Gainey's Home Ranch Vineyard. It spends 15 months in 80% French and 20% American Oak, 40% new. Jeff Lebars is the winemaker.
We were instantly charmed by this pretty Merlot, with it's bright red and black fruits and it's silky smooth mouthfeel. This is Merlot at it's best from grapes grown on the top of the hillsides.