Westerly 2010 Merlot (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)

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.

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Cheers,

The WineWonkette

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Amy Corron Power View posts by Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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