Cocoa, exotic spices, lavender blackberries and blueberries on the nose with blackberry jam and spice flavors, this boutique 2010 Merlot from Westerly in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara makes a fool of anyone who pulled their Merlot vines after “Sideways.”
Rich, seductive and perfect with a New York Strip. I wish we had a case of this. It is a fabulous Merlot. At $30 it’s an absolute steal. Go get some. NOW!
Alcohol by volumes is listed on the label at 14.5% All we can tell you is don’t operate any heavy machinery after dinner, or put anywhere near a spicy dish (unless she’s sitting across from you!)
Winemaker Adam Henkel hails from Kentucky, near my old stomping grounds, and the mythical Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder of one my favorite FX shows, Justified. Adam came to California by way of Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he ran a boutique wine show that allowed him to taste wines with growers and winemakers from all over the world. In 2004, he moved to Napa Valley to learn to make wine and worked at the renowned wineries of Merrydale Vineyards in St. Helena, Swanson Vineyards in Rutherford and Harlan Estate in Oakville. He joined Westerly to live in the beautiful Santa Barbara area we visited last summer during the 2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference.
With a Merlot is this good, we can’t wait to taste Westerly’s other wines!
To find out more about Westerly’s limited production, hand crafted wines from Santa Barbara County visit their website at www.westerlywines.com.