2020 Wooden Valley Suisun Valley Merlot is a medium bodied red wine perfect for pairing with everything from hearty foods to warm sunsets on the patio.

Description: Blend of 78% Merlot, 9% Koch Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% 169 Cabernet, 4% other. 15% alcohol by volume (ABV).
Vineyards: Lanza Musto Vineyards – Suisun Valley, California.
Production: Aged 16 months in American Oak. 419 cases.
Reviews: Scores of 88 to 90. Drink now through 2025.
2020 has limited availability in retail: $30. Current release is 2021 vintage at same price and only 14.1% ABV.
Producer: Wooden Valley Winery is located in Suisun Valley, approximately 20 miles east of downtown Napa (just under 30 minutes by car). Suisun Valley soils and growing conditions are very similar to central Napa Valley. Wooden Valley produces a wide range of white and red wines sourced from estate vineyards.

Tasting Notes

This wine is for those who enjoy: Rich red wines best paired with hearty dishes.
Appearance: Deep purple.
Aroma: Blackberry, earth notes.
Taste: Dark fruit, black cherry, tobacco, vanilla.
Finish: Balanced and smooth.
Pairing: Versatile – hearty meat dishes to light chocolate desserts.

Visiting This Winery

Wooden Valley Winery offers a recently-updated tasting room and picnic area that is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Reservations accepted for groups, click Visitor Information. Tastings and bottle sales only, no wines by the glass.

Reviewer relationship(s) with producer, distributor or retailer: Wine club member.