2011 Estate Grown Merlot | Monticello Vineyards | Winestyr
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2011 Estate Grown Merlot

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Appellation: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA

By: Monticello Vineyards

In: Napa, CA

750mL / 14.4% ABV

Winestyr Review

By all accounts, the 2011 vintage was a tough growing season in Napa Valley, but many of the wines I've tasted from the vintage are more interesting and nuanced than some of the other vintages. This wine is no different and I found myself very intrigued with the flavors that are highlighted by cherry cola, tobacco, spice, and some dried herbs and bell pepper. This is a fuller bodied Merlot and owes some of its complexity to Cabernet Franc. 77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc.

What We Love

  • Oak Knoll AVA of Napa Valley
  • Fuller bodied Merlot

The 2011 Monticello Estate Grown Merlot from Oak Knoll AVA in Napa Valley is a great wine for those who want to try something new.


I was first introduced to Stephen Corley by an old friend whose fraternity had a local alumni reunion at which Stephen was serving Monticello's wines. My friend was so impressed that he insisted we consider adding Monticello to our site, and quickly put me in touch with Stephen. We began working with Monticello shortly thereafter and have been impressed by the high standards they maintain throughout every aspect of their operation ever since.


A Napa Valley mainstay, Monticello Vineyards is proud to be family owned and operated. It was founded in 1970 by Jay Corley, and the winery is now managed by his sons, Kevin, Chris, and Stephen. Their overriding philosophy is that great wines are made in the vineyards. Monticello now farms five vineyards in the Napa Valley focusing on producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chardonnay. If you're ever in Napa make sure to stop by their amazing property...you might just mistake it for the real Monticello.

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