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The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest American wine competition in the world, with close to 7,000 entries. Merriman Wines won a trifecta, winning Bronze for every category we entered for our 2013 vintages.



2013 Estate

Portland Monthly Magazine

Merriman Estate 2013 was named one of the top 50 Best Wines of Oregon in Portland Monthly Magazine. The contest is held yearly and had 1200 entries for the 2016 contest.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017

2014 Estate

92 Points, Vinous Magazine

"Spice and smoke accented black raspberry and cherry pit aromas, along with woodsmoke, cola and pungent flowers. Silky and focused. Floral pastille flavors deepen as the wine opens up. Dusty, slow building tannins. Impressively long, spice- tinged finish. This wine shows excellent clarity and repeating florality." - Josh Raynolds, January 2018 Vinous Magazine

90 Points, Wine Enthusiast

“From Pommard and Wädenswil clones, this tart and tasty wine brings cranberry and raspberry fruit, lively and acid-driven.Highlights of lemon curd and orange marmalade add further interest. It's a clean and refreshing wine all the way through the finish.”

90 Points, Wine Spectator

“Tightly focused and snappy, with cherry, pepper and sassafras notes accented by savory spice details that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2021” Wine Spectator 2018


2013 The Cummins Road

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017

2014 Pinot Noir Cummins Road

90 Points, Vinous Magazine

Brillian red. Lively and focused on the nose, displaying fresh red currant and cherry pit scents that pick up sutble earth and flora nuances with air. Juicy red fruit, rose pastille and allspice floars show very good clarity, putting on witht and gaining sweetness as the wine opens up. Silkly tannings shape the finish, which hangs on with very good, spicy tenacity. Josh Raynolds, Jan 2018


2013 Old Vine Chenin Blanc

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017

2016 Old Vine Chenin Blanc

90 Points, Vinous Magazine

Light green-hued gold. White peach, melon and a hint of orange zest on the perfumed nose. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering pliant honeydew, tangerine and chamomile flavors braced by a hind of dusty minerals. Smooth and penetrating on the persistent finish, which leaves a suggestion of spicy ginger behind. - Josh Raynolds