The 1997 Merlot is a quintessential example of why the Santa Ynez Valley is a natural home to this varietal. This wine perfectly combines the richness of the grape with the mineral and spicy terroir of our vineyard. The aromas are immediately expressive, with notes of chocolate, cherries, and herbs. The palate is very lush, with ripe plums and toffee, framed by soft, plush tannins. Serve this wine with lamb roast, grilled sausages, or soft, ripe cheeses at the end of the meal.