This 2011 Columbia Valley Merlot was produced from grapes grown at Weinbau Vineyard located above the Columbia River in central Washington and Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard at the western edge of the Walla Walla Valley. These mature south facing vineyards are comprised predominantly of sandy loam and silt loam soils respectively, are very well drained with perfect aspect. The 2011 vintage was cooler with merlot harvest starting nearly three weeks later than normal on the 3rd week in October.
This Merlot was pumped over 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. In late spring of 2013, the wine was assembled and bottled then laid down in our cellars for additional development. The wine shows beautifully with elegant high toned fruit, very nice acidity and overall proportion. The Weinbau Vineyard has produced a complex flavor profile of subtle cherry, spice and coffee while the Woodward Canyon property offers more earth. Notes of fruit, spiced oak, leather and earth are in the aroma. Rich black cherry fruit and fully mature tannins make this wine generous and balanced enough for current drinking, yet with the complexity and structure to age well for six to eight years.