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Monterey County, CA

December 2016 - Mercy mentioned by Matt Kettmann's in Wine Enthusiast magazine's artcle Treasures of Monterey. "Hiding in plain sight are the Arroyo Seco, Chalone and Carmel Valley regions, three American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)... After years of being impressed with the wines from these AVAs, I explored them in greater depth this summer," stated Kettmann in the article's preamble.

Mercy and winemaker Mike Kohne are noted, "Banging the Arroyo Seco drum loudest is Mike Kohne... 'We wanted to carve our own niche and do something no one was really doing. And there was nothing really like the Arroyo Seco. It was just that rock.' His Mercy label, one of the region’s first to promote single vineyards, began with the 2008 harvest."

September 6, 2016 - 2016 Harvest kicks off with Musque Clone Sauvignon Blanc from the Zabala Vineyard.

September 1,  2016 - Matt Kettmann, Central Coast Contributing Editor of Wine Enthusiast magazine reviews the following wines:
93 points - 2012 Zabala Vineyard Syrah
92 points - 2014 Riverbed Chardonnay
91 points - 2014 Zabala Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points - 2014 Griva Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points - 2013 Riverbed Pinot Noir
88 points - 2014 Zabala Vineyard Riesling

April 2016 - The 2013 Riverbed Pinot Noir is awarded 92 points, Gold Medal by

February 2016 - SOMM Journal recaps their 'SOMM Camp' visit to the Arroyo Seco AVA (Feb/March 2016 issue). Wine Journalist Randy Caparoso's article "Damn Wind" showcase the diverse and finite terrain of the Arroyo Seco region. Read  

December 1, 2015 - Matt Kettmann, Central Coast Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast, when referring to Mercy pinot noirs noted, "(the 2012 vintage) is proving to be a great vintage for this emerging producer in an increasingly exciting region of mid-Monterey County." Additionally, Mercy received the following scores (2012v Recap):
94 points - 2012 Zabala Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
- 2012 Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points - 2012 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 

August 25, 2015 - 2015 Harvest begins! Pinot Noir from Zabala Vineyard (Mercy's earliest pinot noir pick on record).

May2015 - Results of the 2015 Pinot Noir Shootout are revealed. Mercy take home two Gold Medals for both the 2012 Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir & 2012 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir.

2nd Quarter 2015 - The BurgHound (Issue 58) is released and the 2010 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir receives 90 points: "There are lovely spice characters to the very fresh and layered nose that is comprised mostly by various dark berry fruit scents. The lush and forward middle weight flavors possess good energy that continues onto the equally complex, intense and lingering finish."

February 1, 2015 - The 2012 Riverbed Pinot Noir receives 92 points & Editors' Choice designation by Wine Enthusiast!

December 31, 2014 - The 2013 Zabala Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc receives 92 points & Editor Choice designation by Wine Enthusiast!

December 1, 2014 - The 2010 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir is given 92 points from Wine Enthusiast. Further, the wine was noted in Central Coast Editor Matt Kettmann's article "Ready to Drink CA Pinot Noirs." 

November 18, 2014 - Monterey County Weekly's article "A sommelier's tasty way to navigate Carmel Valley's increasingly populous wine tasting rooms" sites Mercy as one of the Top 5 venues. 

September 2, 2014 - 2014 Harvest begins with Pinot Noir from Zabala Vineyard.

September 2014 - the inaugural 2012 Riverbed Chardonnay receives 90 points from California Grapevine.

July 2014 - Mercy 2010 Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir receives a Chairman's Award / Gold Medal at the 2014 Orange County Wine Competition. The 2012 Zabala Vineyard Chardonnay wins Gold also...

February 2014 - Mercy 2010 Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir & 2010 Zabala Vineyard Pinot Noir receive Gold medals at the 2014 Pinot Noir Shootout!

January 2014 - Mercy wins 6 medals (out of 6 wines) at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including a Double Gold medal for the 2012 Zabala Vineyard Chardonnay and a Gold medal for the inaugural 2012 Riverbed Chardonnay.

October 7, 2013 - San Jose Mercury News article on the Arroyo Seco AVA - Arroyo Seco Has Arrived. A reflection on the appellation, author Laurie Daniel's "Tasting Notes" features two Mercy wines; the 2010 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay and 2010 Zabala Vineyard Pinot Noir. 

September 17, 2013 - San Jose Mercury News names Mercy one of Carmel Valley: Five Must See Wineries.

September 9, 2013 - 2013 Harvest begins with Sauvignon Blanc from Zabala Vineyard.

July 2013 - Wine Business Monthly Anniversary Series recaps the 30th Anniversary of the Arroyo Seco AVA. Penned by Christopher Sawyer, Mercy is featured "In the Cellar" section.

May 2, 2013 - Monterey County Weekly features an article by Walter Ryce on Mercy, entitled "Give Us Mercy".

March 2013
- MW Roger Bohmrich states the following about Mercy "I find their style particularly appealing, but of course my palate was shaped by years of working with (and drinking!) white and red Burgundy."

January 2013 - Mercy 2010 Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir receives a Double Gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2010 Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir receives a Gold medal. 

November 1, 2012 - Mercy reviewed in Santa Barbara News-Press article Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. 

October 6, 2012 -  2012 Harvest begins with Pinot Noir from Zabala Vineyard.

December 21, 2011 - James Melendez / James the Wine Guy lists the Mercy 2009 Syrah, Zabala Vineyard (9.1) on of 2011 Top 100 Wines.   

September 28, 2011 - 2011 Harvest begins with Sauvignon Blanc from Zabala Vineyard.  

June 12, 2011 - The 2009 Mercy Chardonnay, Griva Vineyard, receives a Four-Star, Gold medal from the Orange County Fair. With over 2,500 entries the Griva Chard was one of 34 wines to collect such a distinction.

September 27, 2010 - 2010 Harvest begins with Sauvignon Blanc from Zabala Vineyard.

August 2010 - Editor Steve Heimoff reviews the Mercy wines in Wine Enthusiast magazine. (Complete Recap).
94 points - 2008 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 points - 2008 Zabala Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points - 2008 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay
89 points, Editor's Choice - 2008 Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc 

August 2010 - Mercy 2008 Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc recommended in Bon Appetit magazine's article "To Big Sur, with Love".

April 2, 2010 - Mercy Vineyards and the Arroyo Seco are featured in Steve Heimoff's blog - In addition to his blog, Mr. Heimoff is also the West Coast Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here for pdf.

September 9, 2009, Arroyo Seco - 2009 harvest begins with Sauvignon Blanc from Zabala Vineyard.

August 8, 2009, Monterey - Mercy wines presented at Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA) Winemakers' Celebration at Custom House Plaza.

June 20, 2009 - Inaugural Mercy wine bottled - 2008 Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc.






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