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2013 Merlot

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Seductive aromas of red cherries, ripe black currant, violets and exotic spices mingle delicately with rich, melting dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is wonderfully plush with silky tannins, an appetite-encouraging level of acidity and impressively restrained minerality. Rich and concentrated, this expansive Merlot finishes with a smooth, refined elegance.


The 2013 Vintage

The summer of 2013 marked the warmest summer on record for us here in the Walla Walla Valley. Spring was cool and moist, as is typical here, with bud break occuring right on time in mid-April. Once it started started warming up, it didn't stop - our thermometers rose over 100° quite often! The first week of September brought relief: dramatically cooler days and nights which allowed for the development of our trademark Walla Walla Valley acidity. Harvest began around this same time, with the cooler temperatures allowing us to finish right on schedule at the end of October.


Viticulture

Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.


WINE SPECIFICS

Varietal(s): 78% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec
Vineyard(s): 48% Seven Hills, 45% Pepper Bridge, 7% Octave
Viticulture: 100% estate: Certified Sustainable & Salmon Safe
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 17 months in French Oak: 38% new, 62% neutral
Harvest Dates: September 11 - October 11, 2013
Alcohol: 14.7% by volume
Total Production: 1,306 cases (9L) & 20 cases magnums
Bottling Date: March 16, 2015
Release Date: Fall 2015

2013 Merlot

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Awards & Accolades
91 Points, Tasting Panel: "Smooth and lush with ripe plum, blackberry and cassis; rich, deep and balanced; long and polished."
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast: "The aromas are light, with notes of barrel spice, mocha, herb and red fruit. The palate is very pretty, almost delicate, with the tannins showing some grip."