2018 was another stellar growing season and vintage in Washington. Warm spring temperatures were followed by mild conditions throughout the growing season allowing for extended hang time and flavor development. Warm fall days allowed for full ripeness and color, while cool Washington nights helped maintain crisp natural acidity.
Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes Merlot. Columbia Valley lies in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receives only 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. Sandy soils in the vineyard with low water-holding capacity enable precise control of vine growth throughout the year.
Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. Aged 18 months in a combination of 15% New French oak, 14% New American oak and 71% Neutral oak barrels.
The aromas of mocha and spaice in this classic merlot mingle with the richness of black cherry - perfect for hearty pasta, nutty rice or grilled lamb. - Brian Mackey, Head Winemaker
- 85% Merlot
- 10% Syrah
- 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
- TA: 0.54 g/100 mL
- pH: 3.78
- ALCOHOL: 13.5%