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Lago di Merlo Vineyards & Winery

Lago di Merlo Vineyards & Winery Harry Merlo Sr. began at the age of five crushing grapes with his feet below the railroad tracks in the Italian section of Stirling City, California. His Father, Giuseppe Merlo, an Italian immigrant, was considered the wine steward of the High Sierra lumber town. He would set a washtub on the woodshed floor and dump into it a 50-pound lug of zinfandel grapes and young Harry would begin to stomp. Thus began his association with the wine industry. Harry has often said that he qualifies as a connoisseur of wine because he has purple feet. The tradition continued with the acquisition of Harry’s vineyard near Geyserville, California in 1965. In the mid 1960’s he delivered his first truckload of grapes to Italian Swiss Colony Winery. They weighed his truck and gave him a receipt priced at $50 per ton. Family interest in winemaking led his son, Harry Jr., to study viticulture and enology at California State University, Fresno. Following graduation, Harry Jr. ultimately became Manager of Lago di Merlo Vineyards & Winery at the Merlo Ranch in Sonoma County. Under his third generation leadership, the Merlo’s expanded the vineyard to over 200 acres.


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3495 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville, CA, US, 95441 Email:
Phone: 707-473-0146 Web:
Fax: 707-473-0147
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  Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a wonderfully extracted wine following the recognized Dry Creek Valley Character well. Soft tannins are supported by fruit tones of blackberry and cherry. The oak is well integrated, but not the front runner here. Gold Medal Winner 2004 West Coast Wine Competition. Silver Medal Winner 2003 Sonoma Harvest Fair. Bronze Medal Winner San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
  Lago di Merlo Merlot
Lager tannin profile wine with deep color and layers of flavor leaves a dusty mouth feel giving this Merlot panache. Silver Medal Winner 2004 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Wonderfully balanced red. Nice acid component dissolves away to bing cherry flavors. Great wine paired with "sugo a pomadori" (red tomato sauce) dishes. Gold Medal Winner 2004 Orange County Wine Competition
This wine is full of fruit tones that are characteristic of a great Syrah. Balanced with slight oak embodiment that makes for a very pleasurable glass of wine.
Strong up front fruit palate with typical Dry Creek Valley raspberry undertones and mild spice from the French oak used for aging. Gold Medal Winner 2004 Sonoma Harvest Fair


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