2004 Alhona Vineyards Carmel Valley Merlot

August, 2009

BRONZE MEDAL - 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition


August, 2008

from Appellation America

Best of Appellation

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June, 2008

89 Point Silver Medal - 2008 California State Fair Wine Competition


November, 2007

By Edward Deitch
Wine columnist
TODAY - As seen
Wed., November 14, 2007


We turned our house into a Thanksgiving test kitchen this past weekend with the aim of finding red wines that might make good matches for the holiday feast. We found many possibilities, and the need to be a little cautious about some of our favorites.

To approximate our Thanksgiving meal, we went out and bought a couple of chickens, filled them with stuffing and cooked up a bunch of side dishes, including roasted sliced sweet potatoes and carrots and steamed brussels sprouts with maple syrup.

One of our friends, summing up the confusion, year after year, on what to drink, asked in frustration, “Every Thanksgiving comes around and what do you have for the wine?” We focused on American reds.... For Thanksgiving, a cornucopia of red wines From delicate to bold, Edward Deitch rounds up reds to please any palate

Bigger, more aggressive reds

...if you prefer bigger, more aggressive reds, here are a few possibilities: from California, the 2004 Merlot from Alhona Vineyards in the Carmel Valley of Mendocino County is a superb example of this sometimes maligned variety —bright, well-structured and balanced with plum, blackberry and earth notes.


April, 2007

Silver Medal - 2007 West Coast Wine Competition


September, 2007

The 2004 Merlot, Carmel Valley, $25, 251 cases, spent 12 months in American oak and has attractive aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, sweet plum, currant, and lilac before medium bodied flavors of the same plus lots of tannin. Everything carries through the long, medium-broad finish. Well integrated, structured, and balanced.

Colorado Wine News

2002 Alhona Vineyards Carmel Valley Merlot

August, 2009

SILVER MEDAL - 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition


Accolades Page
March, 2007

The grapes come from a warmer portion of Monterey County noted for Bordeaux varieties. This is a sophisticated, softly dry red wine, brimming with cherry, cassis and oaky-spice flavors, and is notable for its finely ground, ripe tannins. Enjoyable now, it should hold for a few years.

Wine Enthusiast


March, 2007

The 2002 Merlot, Carmel Valley, $32, 265 cases, spent 18 months in American oak and a minimum of 12 months in the bottle before release. It has an inviting bouquet of dry black tea, cedar and smoke which introduces flavors of weak brewed black tea, red currant, almost ripe raspberry, and smoke plus light tannin. It finishes long and medium-broad. The 2002 Merlot is Alhona's first release and it bodes well for the future.

Colorado Wine News


January, 2007

Whoa, Alhona takes merlot for a walk on the wild side in this super-ripe, exotic and luscious wine, the first release for this property. The whole package is drenched in sandalwood, lavender, cassis, blueberry and black cherry, cedar and dried Provençal herbs, providing a field-day for sensualists. On the other hand, 18 months in American – not French – oak barrels bestow solid firmness and structure below the plush texture and even a touch of underbrush-like austerity on the finish. 265 cases and Worth a Search. Now through 2009 to 2012.

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