Firestone 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Merlot

Posted on December 17, 2010

Firestone Vineyards was purchased by Foley Family Wines just three years ago, but that hasn't changed the goal of this acclaimed Santa Barbara estate. When this winery was first founded in 1972 by Leonard and Brooks Firestone, the Santa Ynez Valley was not known for its wine. It's status as an American Viticultural Area was granted in 1983, largely due to the work of the Firestone family.

Their great success led them to open their second facility in Paso Robles, just prior to closing a deal to sell both (plus 400 acres in Santa Ynez) to their longtime associate Bill Foley. Now, the Firestones have turned their attention to their other projects: the boutique Curtis Winery and the Firestone-Walker Brewery. Of course, Foley promised to continue on with Firestone Vineyards' vision; their estate offerings include several blends and varietal wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc.


Winery - Firestone Vineyards

Location - Los Olivos, California

Wine - Firestone 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Merlot

Grape Varieties - Merlot

Appellation - Santa Ynez Valley

Alcohol - 13.5% v/v

Price -$18 USD

Nose/Aroma - Boysenberries, vanilla, and tea leaves.

Palate/Flavors - Black cherries, hazelnut coffee, and cedar oak. Medium-high acid, slightly bitter and astringent with good tannin structure. Long chocolately finish. 

Food Pairing - Prime rib and mashed potatoes.

Comments - Nicely balanced, smooth tannins. I love the acid structure this wine has, and the flavor profile too.