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Wente Vineyard 2005 Sandstone Merlot

In these tough economic times we are all facing these days, we know we need to cut back on things, so we have been looking for some everyday good drinking wines to share with you that are very reasonable priced. A Wente Vineyard 2005 Sandstone Merlot was recommended to us by our local wine manager. This Merlot is estate grown in the family’s sustainably farmed vineyard in the Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California. Wente also has vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Wente was established 125 years ago and is still a family run winery with the fifth generation now in charge. For those of you that don’t know, Wente also has a world class 18 hole golf course winding through the hills of the vineyard. Several years ago, Wente partnered with professional golfer Greg Norman to create the golf course. Wente also offers accommodations and a restaurant on the grounds. In the wine production end of the business Wente offers a variety of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are estate grown wines, small lot wines, and the Nth Degree limited production small lot wines. As previously mentioned the Sandstone Merlot is an estate grown wine that is a medium bodied, fruity wine with a bit of spice on the finish. A well balanced, easy drinking wine that we were able to purchase under $15 which should keep your budget in check, while enjoying good wine!

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