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2015 Reserve Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Gorgeous, dark color with aromatics of smoked caramel, truffles, cassis and dried figs. Flavors of mocha and chocolate covered cherries lingers on the palate creating a velvety lush finish that lasts and lasts.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2015 Vintage was hot in the Yakima Valley, but the success was due to our cool nights during ripening and experienced farming care. A long history with our estate vineyard afforded us good vine care and a fairly predictable harvest. With 2015 being one of the warmest vintages in the history of Washington wines, this warm vintage created mesmerizing wines that will hold up for decades to come. Hot days allow the grapes to ripen to their full potential where Washington’s trademark cool nights allowed the wines natural acidity to become very balanced. When you factor in these two elements, it creates an equation for fruit forward wines that are impeccably balanced. The pace of the 2015 harvest was very ideal for most wineries as we started off in late August/early September and ending around the 3rd week of October. The grapes ripened at a very predictable pace allowing for a quite smooth flow of harvest. Red wines from the 2015 vintage are grand with very dark and concentrated colors, the flavors are intense with a big showcase of darker fruits and ample tannins with very balanced acidity.

Winemaking Notes

Our 2015 Reserve Merlot came from carefully selected blocks designated as reserve tier from our Estate Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. The wine’s beautiful crafting began in the Vineyard, where we carefully selected the best blocks of Merlot our vineyard can produce. From there, starting in the chilly winter, we began our pruning with goals to achieve a very small crop load. Having a small crop load lets the plants growth focus on concentrating flavors, optimal ripeness and perfectly balanced tannins. When the grapes were ready for harvest, all grapes were harvested by hand, ensuring we only selected the best possible grapes to ferment. We hand sorted the grapes again once at our production facility before we de-stemmed and sent to fermenters for the magic to begin. All lots were sent to small 2-ton fermenters and had an extraction protocol of 2-4 punch downs per day and were allowed to ferment dry on the skins, about 16 days. The wines were then sent to exclusive French Oak barrels with 45% New French Oak, 25% 2-year-old French Oak and 30% Neutral Oak. Each barrel had its lees stirred for the 1st 3 months of aging to achieve roundness and structure and aged for approximately 18 months in oak.

Food Pairing

Grilled Lamb Chops with Fresh Herbs
Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Vegetables
Roasted Chicken or Duck
Gruyere or Cantalet

  • Varietal Composition: Merlot
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Aging / Barrel Program: 18 Months in 100% French Oak (45% New, 25% 2-Year, 30% Neutral Oak)
  • Cases Produced: 534
  • Alcohol: 14.5
  • pH: 3.81
  • Acidity: 5.9
  • Ageability: Now through 2030

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