Did you know: Merlot is the backbone of Pomerol’s Château Le Pin and Petrus – two of the most highly acclaimed and insanely expensive wines made anywhere in the world. Most sites in California can’t produce the structural power and depth to compete with the best from Pomerol. This Howell Mountain Merlot is a fierce testament to what is possible for one of the great grapes in the world of wine. Just beautiful up-front fruit merges with tremendous flesh and powerful structure, providing the scaffolding necessary to age Merlot into its next glorious phase in bottle. Our second vintage, this 2014 Howell Mountain Merlot is blowing Craig Cab lovers away. And, while many wineries make Merlot as an afterthought, this release was very intentional, indeed.