The 2011 vintage in Monterey and Paso Robles embodied a variety of weather patterns. The early part of the season was cool, with punctuated periods of warm weather. Those warm periods coincided with bloom for much of the Merlot, which is particularly delicate at that time. The result is a bright and full Merlot with ripe, concentrated flavors.
Estancia, based in Monterey, was founded in 1986. The name Estancia is roughly translated from the Spanish word for "estate," and emphasizes our conviction that the world's best wines capture the essence of their place of origin. At Estancia we control the process from the start—from the trials in our experimental vineyard blocks, to planting, harvesting, fermenting and aging the wines. We've built a winery that allows us to devote the same attention to detail in winemaking that we give to our grapes. We use open-top fermenters and small basket presses for our Pinot Noir and new red-wine fermentation tanks that are fit for the diverse blocks in our Paso Robles vineyards. It is this hands-on crafting of the wines, from grapes to bottle, that result in our superior wine quality.