Merlot

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Wine Details

Release Info: Bottled March 2011

Appelation: Columbia Valley

Vineyards:
• Tapteil Vineyard
 (Red Mountain)
• Weinbau Vineyard
 (Wahluke Slope)
• DuBrul Vineyard
 (Rattlesnake Hills)
• Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
 (Red Mountain)
• Seven Hills Vineyard
 (Walla Walla) Dionysus Vineyard
 (Columbia Valley)
• Alder Ridge Vineyard
 (Horse Heaven HIl

Blend:
• 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

Alcohol: 14.58%

Cases: 896

Prices: $28/bottle   $302.4/case

Winemaking

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.

Vintage

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.

Tasting Notes

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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