The Wine Advocate (Issue 220): “More classic in style than the 2010, the 2011 Blackjack Ranch Billy Goat Hill Merlot is still medium to full bodied and concentrated, with plenty of fruit and nicely integrated structure. Showing ample dark fruits, charred earth, smoked tobacco and sweet oak, it’s hard to resist now and I don’t see any reason to delay gratification either. It will hold through 2025 with ease.” Black and beautiful, this is yet another fabulously rich version of our highly regarded Billy Goat Hill Merlot. Upon entering the Blackjack Ranch property the “wall” of vines that serves as a backdrop for the visual portion of our operation is Billy Goat Hill. This is Santa Barbara County’s largest block of hand cultivated vines. This means no tractors, no sprayers, no plows, discs, chisels, or tillers. We do everything by hand. That means that these are the most “catered-to” vines around. Deeply concentrated and showing why merlot is one of the most sought after varietals in the world, “Sideways” or upright.