2018 Family Reserve Merlot
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2018 Family Reserve Merlot
2018 Family Reserve Merlot

This Merlot is a rich ruby red wine with quickly noticed aromas of dark cherries and spice and subtle floral notes on its finish. Limited inventory.

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DESCRIPTION: This beautifully crafted Merlot wine offers a perfect balance of dry and medium-bodied characteristics. It is known for its crisp, tart fruit flavors that tantalize the taste buds, making it a delightful choice for wine enthusiasts in search of the best merlot. This luxurious merlot red wine displays a multitude of layers of aroma and flavor, making it a complex and rich experience.


Grape Blend: 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petite Sirah

TA: 4.8 gm/L  |  PH: 3.84 |  RS: 0.55  |  Alcohol: 13.9%

Fermentation: open ferment  |  Oak: American and French  | Oak age: 18 months  |  Harvest Brix: 23.3 (average)  |  Bottle Date: February 27, 2020  |  Cases Produced: 475  |  Maturity: now until 2024


This Merlot will pair well with Cuban sandwiches served with black beans and rice or Moroccan kabob dishes. 


Flavors of tart cherries, plums and layered with spice. The wine displays aromas of oak spice, vanilla and tobacco. Characterized by moderate acidity, this enjoyable wine provides a fresh and lively feel on the palate. The tannins are soft, yet present, and they perfectly integrate with the other flavors, giving the wine a well-rounded and smooth finish.  


The Merlot was planted two years after Wilson Creek was established in 2000. Merlot is used to make our Merlot wine as well as blended into Meritage and Cabernet Sauvignon for its aromatic characteristics.

 Block 13- Merlot is located on the top western edge of the vineyard.  The Merlot block is our highest section of the vineyard gradually rising to a small hill at its center. This hilltop is where you will find Merlot Mesa. Just under 3 acres were planted.

WINEMAKER - Kestutis Vizgirda

Kestutis "Gus" Vizgirda believes the secret to good winemaking begins in the vineyard. That's why throughout the growing season you will find him touring the rows of varietals and envisioning the kinds of wines he will produce from the harvest.  For over two decades, Vizgirda has worked at several local wineries, working with some of the Valley's best winemakers to refine his craft. Today, he has developed his own unique approach to making wine and has won gold medals for several of his varietals.

In addition to serving as Wilson Creek's Winemaker, Vizgirda teaches wine classes at Mt. San Jacinto College and San Diego State University Extended Studies campus. He is also a judge at several local and international wine competitions.