California Merlot Wine Making Kit - VineCo Signature Series™

California Merlot Wine Making Kit - VineCo Signature Series™

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  • Californian Merlot is a welcome pour whether it's at the dinner table or the picnic table
  • Pair with a basket full of charcuterie fare or burgers hot off the grill
  • Flavors of fruit, baking spices, floral, and chocolate
  • Full-bodied and dry, 14% ABV
  • Whip up a batch in 30 mins or less! Yields 6 gallons (2 cases) of finished wine in 6-8 weeks
  • Premium kit includes grape skins for an authentic wine making experience
  • Bottle labels included for a professional finish

Merlot is extraordinary in its flexibility, able to be paired with many different grapes to create magnificent blends, but easily stands on its own in varietal wines. Sometimes mistaken for Cabernet Sauvignon in blind tastings, the two grapes are both descendents of Cabernet Franc and can display similar flavors and textures, although Merlot is known for being softer and less tannic. Aromas and flavors include blackberry, cassis, baked cherries, dark chocolate and mocha, among others. Merlot ranks as the second most-widely grown grape in the world, but reigns supreme in the Médoc district of Bordeaux.

California-grown Merlot grapes produce what is known as “Warm-Climate Merlot”, which is the category that Merlot grown in Australia and Argentina also fall under. These grapes tend to be heavier on the fruit notes and lighter in body. Due to the lower tannin levels and softer finish, some vitners employ a longer oak-aging process to give the wine more structure.

Our California Merlot is a full-bodied red with big fruit flavors with hints of rich baking spices and purple floral notes. On the higher end in regards to alcohol content at 14%, this wine has a dry chocolate finish with a moderate oak character.

The Signature Series™ Merlot is one of the most satisfying kits to make thanks to the inclusion of grape skins. You’ll mirror the professional vintner process of “punching the cap”, which makes your winemaking adventure even more hands on. VineCo’s jammy skin packs are much more expressive than dried grape skins, imparting more character from the grapes and boosting tannin structure in the finished wine.

High quality American oak cubes are used in the final aging process of the California Merlot kit. One of the reasons oak has always been used to age wine is the slow release of delicious, complex compounds that complement the wines flavor. Oak cubes have more depth of flavor than chips or powder and slowly release compounds like furfural (sweet, caramel like), lignins (vanillin, spice, smoke), and lactones (classic oak flavor). American oak in particular is known to deliver aromatic sweetness, vanillin, and classic oak flavor.

The VineCo Signature Merlot is not to be sequestered to the dinner table. This is a wine you want to pack up and take with you on a picnic. Enjoy with the sun overhead, a light breeze at your back, and a charcuterie board within arm’s reach. At supper time, you may find Merlot to be the perfect compliment to grilled beef burgers or a freshly chopped Caesar salad.

Merlot, California

  • Big fruit flavors, rich baking spices, purple floral notes, chocolaty finish
  • Sweetness: Dry
  • Oak: Medium
  • Body: Full
  • ABV: 14%
  • Kit Volume: 14 L
  • Approximate Yield: 23 L
  • Ready to bottle in 6-8 weeks
  • Grape skins included
  • Bottle labels included



Item # WK908
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 36 LBS

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Like Merlot and skins
Dennis D on Feb 17, 2023
I love Merlot
Augustus J L on Dec 10, 2022
Like Merlot and skins
Dennis D on Feb 17, 2023
made it before, very good
Paul Moreland, s on Dec 16, 2022
I love Merlot
Augustus J L on Dec 10, 2022
this is an excellent price for a red wine with skins
William B on Jun 14, 2022
We wanted our next batch of wine to be a straight up, non-blended Merlot
John A. Collins on Jun 8, 2022
First kit was easy to use and had everything in it. Tastes great, too.
Riley on Dec 4, 2021
made it before, very good
Paul Moreland, s on Dec 16, 2022
this is an excellent price for a red wine with skins
William B on Jun 14, 2022

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Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic Wine
This is the best Merlot I've ever made.
Great kit with grape skins & Oak chips & cubes. Wonderful flavor.
February 20, 2023
Rated 4 out of 5
Early to know....
Fermentation went fine, its refining and stabled now. I'll rack it about a month, time will tell. It did have a bit of an off-taste at the time of racking it to refine. I'll know more in a month. Very hopeful!!
December 7, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Wine Kit
This wine kit has everything you need to be successful at making a red wine. The Signature Series with the grape skins really adds to the sensory dimension of the wine. I substituted CellarScience "Red" yeast vs. the included yeast for a bit more character. I reduced the recommended volume of "top-off" water to achieve 21 liters vs. 23L - resulting in a O.G. of 1.102. After 7 days, I checked the S.G. and it indicated .997. At 14 days, it was .995 and I moved on to stabilizing/degassing and bulk aging for 60 days. I tasted the wine at 14 days, and I can tell already this will be a superb wine.
July 9, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
California Merlot in a Speidel fermenter
This is my first time using skins in a red wine kit. Everything is going well, I will rack in a couple more days.
Wine is in the fermenter
Wine is in the fermenter
June 28, 2022
over 2 years ago