2014 Columbia Valley Merlot
This 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot was produced from grapes grown at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (LIVE certified sustainable and Salmon Safe) at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley and at Weinbau Vineyard located above the Columbia River in central Washington. These mature south facing vineyards are now 20 years average age, are comprised predominantly of silt loam and sandy loam soils respectively, and are very well drained. The 2014 vintage was perfect for merlot with harvest starting the 3rd week in September.
The wine shows beautifully, with rich high toned fruit, balanced acidity and great proportion. Complex flavors of cherry, spice, coffee and earth are enticing. Notes of black cherry, spiced oak, leather and earth come forth in the aroma. This wine is generous and balanced enough to enjoy now, yet with the complexity and structure to age well for six years or more.
This Merlot was pumped over and/or punched down by hand two times per day in small stainless steel tanks. After pressing, settling, and racking the various lots were moved to French barrels for aging and maturation. After crush, this wine was assembled and on November 16, 2016 was bottled and laid down in our cellars for additional development.
Release Date: September 2017, Production: 394 cases 750 ml
Varietal Composition: 93% merlot, 4% cabernet sauvignon, 2% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot