Livermore, California, United States

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

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Sandstone Merlot

SKU 171025
Country United States
Region Livermore Valley, CA
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB MB


Deep rich red.


Aromas and flavours of black cherry and plum with hints of black tea and toasted oak.


Smooth mouthful and inviting tannins lead to a long, fruity finish.

Food Pairing

Poultry, red meat, pork, pastas and salads, this Merlot can handle them all well.

More Info

Wente Vineyards, established in 1883. Is the country's oldest continuously operated family owned winery. Our Sandstone Merlot is estate grown and sustainably farmed in the Livermore Valley. With warm days and cool nights, well drained rocky soils, and incoming breezes from the San Francisco Bay, it is an ideal region to grow outstanding Merlot.

90 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Dec/2019

2016 -

"This nicely concentrated wine offers plenty of blackberry and black cherry interlaced with oak spices that add vanilla and cinnamon nuances. It's rich and velvety in texture."

93 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2018

2015 -

Best of Class & Gold Medal

92 pts

The Tasting Panel, Jul/2019

2015 -

"Well-drained sandstone soils on an estate hillside site lend their name to this aromatic red. Merlot (85%) is co-fermented separately with Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon and then aged for 24 months in neutral French and Eastern European oak barrels. The aromas are remarkable: Dark cherry, sweet tobacco, cocoa, and nutmeg are thoroughly engaging. Unique flavors of spiced pumpkin, persimmon, and ripe strawberry lead to earth tones. Bright acidity and round tannins make this a pleasurable sipper."


Alberta Beverage Awards 2018

2015 -

Best of Class


Doug Sloan, Red wines make great gifts…, Campbell River Mirror, Dec/2017

2014 -

"Grown in the Livermore Valley, east of San Francisco, the grapes that make up Wente Sandstone Merlot (171025) $21.99 are harvested, fermented and aged separately before they are blended together. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot are added to the blend. Expect to be captivated by the aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and fig with wisps of toast, caramel, and spice."


Alameda County Wine Competition, Jun/2016

2013 -

Gold Medal


Mundus Vini International Wine Awards, Mar/2017

2013 -

Grand Gold


San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017

2013 -

Gold Medal


San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016

2012 -

Silver Medal


San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016

2012 -

Gold Medal


Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2016

2012 -

Silver Medal


California State Fair, Jun/2015

2012 -

Silver Medal