Heron Wines is a versatile producer owned by Laely Heron. Ms. Heron is extremely well-traveled and speaks several languages. Her sophistication is demonstrated by the range of different grapes from varying regions that she uses to make her wines. She has a degree from the prestigious Institute of Enology in Bordeaux.
In 1995, Laely Heron made her first wine: a Merlot made for the American market from her vineyard in the St. Chinian AC. St. Chinian is located in the Languedoc region of Southern France.
Sexto is a blend of 6 different varietals grown in the Terra Alta region of Spain. Terra Alta is in the Tarragona Province and encompasses about 22,230 acres of vineyards. This wine is made of 33% Grenache, 30% Carignane, 20% Tempranillo, 6% Lledoner Pelut, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Syrah.
In California, Laely Heron sources grapes from several AVAs including Napa Valley, Carneros, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Mendocino, Lake County, Clarksburg, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Barbara County.
The 2003 Heron California Merlot was made with grapes from Russian River Valley, Lake County, and Clarksburg. This wine was aged in a combination of new and used French oak for 8 months before bottling. Like all of Ms. Heron’s wines, it is an excellent value.