Release Info: Bottled March 2011
Appelation: Columbia Valley
• Tapteil Vineyard
• Weinbau Vineyard
• DuBrul Vineyard
• Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
• Seven Hills Vineyard
(Walla Walla) Dionysus Vineyard
• Alder Ridge Vineyard
(Horse Heaven HIl
• 92% Merlot
• 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2% Cabernet Franc
• 2% Syrah
Cooperage: 50% new oak, the majority being American with some French and Hungarian oak from select coopers & a variety of forests with the wine aging in the oak for 19 months.
Acidity & PH: pH 3.56
Prices: $28/bottle  $302.4/case
Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton 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.
Similar to the 2007 and 2008 vintage, hot temperatures in late spring and early summer were offset by cool nighttime temperatures all summer. Beautiful and warm weather persisted all September which allowed for harvest completion before a surprise and very early freeze on October 13th.
Dark aromas of cherry, mocha and blueberry lead to ripe plum, blackberry pie and flavors of a savory red wine reduction steak sauce, layered with intense chocolate and rich, velvety tannins.
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