90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
62% Red Mountain, 28% Wahluke Slope, 7% Walla Walla, 3% Columbia Valley
55% new oak (70% American and 30% French), 45% neutral oak. Aged for 20 months.
Crushed gently and dropped into 1.5ton bins, cold soaked 48 hours minimum, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentations. The individual lots of wine that comprise the Merlot are kept separate for at least 12 months before they are blended so the best barrels from each lot can be selected for the Merlot.
The nose shows notes of dark fruit, including raspberry, cranberry and blackberry, followed by hints of bacon, leather and tobacco. The palate brings a rich, full mouthfeel with tart notes of rhubarb and a dynamic yet smooth finish.
James Suckling – “Rich aromas of dark berries and moist, loamy earth really speak to the varietal. The palate has a fresh dark-plum core with fleshy and soft tannins that carry even and long. Drink or hold.” (91 Pts)