On this Thanksgiving week, we want to share a special winery on our virtual thankfulness tour this week. The first winery that allowed CKJY Exports to represent them is the Merlo Family Estate Vineyards. Join us as we share Ray Merlo family’s winery and beautiful Italian style wines.

Merlo Family Estate Vineyards barrel room.

Northern California Winery

Tucked away in the far reaches of rugged Northern California lies Hyampom Valley – a remote river valley hidden amongst the inter-coastal mountains of Southern Trinity County. Hyampom, the Wintu Indian phrase for “plentiful valley”, is a fitting name for one of the most remote and perhaps most ideal, winemaking regions in California. Merlo Family Estate Vineyards is located along the banks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River.

Influenced by the idyllic growing season and climate of this small pocket valley, the fruit produced in the Merlo Family EstateVineyards expresses a strong sense of place. Based on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard, a minimalist approach is taken in the cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley.

Wines Worthy Your Time

Merlo Family Estate Vineyards produces a rare collection of richly flavored and expressive wines. Unlike many California wines, these deep, complex wines are not high in alcohol, nor overripe in flavors. Rather, the wines are naturally big and bold, yet refined and beautiful.

Merlo Family Estate Vineyards - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog

Merlo Family Estate Vineyards was founded on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard. “We are committed to making wines that are true expressions of the varietal fruit from which they are made,” says Ray Merlo.

The unique growing season of the Hyampom Valley produces exceptional fruit with a high natural acidity resulting in very structured wines with deep, elegant, and yet, fresh, fruit flavors.

A minimalist approach is taken in the wine cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley. The Merlos believe that the only way to truly make great wine is to grow great fruit.

Enjoy a glass of their lovely wines in their Folsom, CA tasting room on Sutter Street.

Merlo Family Estate Vineyards Meets with Success in Competition

Mr. Merlo concentrates more on crafting his wines than entering competitions. When he does enter wine competitions, his wines do well. Earlier this year, he won a four medals in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition.

2019 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition

  • 2016 Syrah, DOUBLE GOLD
  • 2016 Zinfandel, GOLD
  • 2016 Pinot Noir, SILVER
  • 2016 Chardonnay, SILVER

More accolades and awards that Merlo wines have won? Click here.

CKJY Exports proudly and exclusively represents Merlo Family Estate Vineyards wines abroad. Please reach out to us if you are interested in discussing importing these enjoyable wines – ckjyexports@ckjyexports.com.

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Published by Ruth Logsdon

Born a Southern girl, I was transplanted a few times as a Navy wife! Now, our "retired" USN family, calls CA home. As UNC business school grad, I gained lots of useful insights by finding different opportunities and challenges along our military life's path. Love of traveling, making friends, experiencing other cultures and sharing the best of all that with everyone are now all part of me.

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