Hayes Ranch is bottled by the Wente Family from grapes grown in Livermore Valley twenty miles east of San Francisco. They like that word, sustainable, which is a euphemism for we're not quite organic.
It's a screw top wine. To put it delicately, using the words of the long departed godfather of my children, that's just not done. There is no romance or ambiance to be created at the moment you deftly twist off the top. She isn't going to go breathless. But once you get past the images of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill and pour, you'll find that the wine is medium bodied, brick colored, which is reminiscent of a well aged wine. It is dry, well balanced, lingers on the palate, and is actually quite tasty.
It is a better Merlot than you will find by-the-glass on most restaurant menus. Best of all? It's under ten bucks US. $6.99 in some places. Better than the average Sunday night wine. Enjoy. Yes, TWC would definitely drink this again.