2013 Carneros Merlot

Merlot’s finest qualities emerge in cooler climates and clay soils, thus it is ideally suited for the Carneros region, where San Pablo Bay meets the southern end of Napa and Sonoma valleys. The Rombauer family have long been fans of the varietal’s rich, silky textures and supple tannins, as well as its versatility with food. The first Rombauer Vineyards Merlot was produced in 1983.


The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers.


The 2013 vintage brought a perfect growing season with warm, dry conditions that allowed the fruit to develop full, concentrated flavors. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked and sorted in the vineyards.


The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the tanks. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation. A portion of the wine was barrel-fermented. The wine was gently basket-pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of fresh, ripe plums, red currant and violets intertwine with subtle notes of cedar and bramble bush. This medium-bodied wine is ripe and plush with flavors of plums, cherries and figs at the forefront, leading to juicy red fruit on the midpalate. Delicious now, this wine’s depth and structure provide for a long cellaring potential.


90 Points – Wine Spectator – 2013 Carneros Merlot

Plump and supple, with red currant and rose petal aromas and elegantly complex flavors of black cherry, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2026.


Gold Medal – 2017 TEXSOM International Wine Competition – 2013 Carneros Merlot

94 Points - Wine Review Online - 2013 Carneros Merlot

Gorgeous Merlot with a wildly layered nose of black cherry, blackberry, moderate oak toast, soft pepper and spice. These elements are nicely integrated as flavors, adding a cola note and riding a rich texture and soft tannins through a long full flavored finish. No Cabernization here — just a pure, creamy expression of Merlot. Well done!

Recipe Pairings

Our favorite Joy of Cooking recipes for this wine include: