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 2015 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 Sagemoor Vineyard located above the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities. 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.
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 in February 2018 was bottled and laid down in our cellars for additional development.
Release Date: Fall 2018
Production: 409 cases
Varietal Composition: 77% merlot, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 2% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot