Winemaker Heather Pyle was studying to become a veterinarian at UC Davis when the winemaking bug hit her. In 1985, she worked a harvest at Robert Mondavi Winery and realized she had found her true calling.
Pyle worked at Mondavi Winery from 1985 to 2001 before joining VM Vineyards. At first, she made Pinot Noir and later made Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Co-owner Carrie Mettler assists Pyle with winemaking.
The 2005 VM Vineyards Lodi Merlot was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for several months before bottling. This is a balanced wine with 13.5% alcohol and lush fruit flavors.