2014 was a nice, warm year for Merlot at the Old College Ranch Vineyard (Vina de Santa Ynez). Harvest started early so the grapes were able to stay on the vine longer and produce a grape that was a bit riper than most. This leads to a nice, rich Merlot, with a lot of flavor and depth. The soft tannins should age this wine nicely. This is NOT your Sideways Merlot.