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Smoking Loon was established in 2000 on a very simple premise: good wine doesn't need to take itself so seriously. Originally named for Don Sebastiani's love of cigars and his father August's passion for water fowl (don't ask, long story), Smoking Loon offers an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek approach to enjoying wine.
Our wines are crafted for those with an appetite for adventure, those in touch with their inner loon, those who consider pretense simply unnecessary. Each vintage provides our winemakers the perfect opportunity to have a little fun and indulge their inner loon. They start by scouring the top wine regions of the world for the finest fruit. Then, they gently guide that fruit to its fullest potential, creating fruit-forward, well-balanced wines that offer a keen blend of approachability, quality and value.
Our Smoking Loon Merlot opens with fruit-forward aroma characteristics of dark berry fruit, hints of cedar, integrated with vanilla notes from the French oak. On the palate are cherry and raspberry along with nuances of vanilla, and soft, very polished tannins. Try pairing with grilled Cuban flank steak, bacon-wrapped pork chops or autumn salad with roasted butternut squash. This wine is perfect to sip alone or as a wonderful accompaniment to a wide variety of foods.