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2015 Merlot

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Ripe Plum skin and black tea are front and center in this warmer vintage, followed by undertones of tomato leaf and brambles. Generous dark fruit abounds on the palate with dense layers of black cherry and fig preceding notes of cracked pepper and fennel seed on the finish. Deep intensity and lush tannins make this a wine to enjoy now and savor for years to come. 


The 2015 growing season is the latest in a trend of being the warmest on record for our valley. Bud break occurred at the end of March, which is about a week earlier than usual. High temperatures peaked at the end of June and were steady throughout the course of the summer. A cooling trend arrived as the grapes began to go through veraison, allowing them to ripen perfectly. For the first time ever, harvest began in August and was followed by optimal weather patterns for the remainder of the year.


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Varietal(s):  78% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec
Vineyard(s):  52% Seven Hills, 39% Pepper Bridge, 9% Octave
Appellation:  100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program:  100% French oak; 62% neutral, 38% new     
Harvest Dates:  September 3 - October 24, 2015
Alcohol:  14.7% by volume
Production:  1,230 cases 
Bottling Date:  March 6, 2017
Release Date:  December 2017

2015 Merlot

Awards & Accolades
91 Points, James Suckling: ""
91 Points, Vinous: "Dark red with ruby tones. Perfumed aromas of cassis, dark plum, black tea, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate are nicely high-pitched for such a hot year. Concentrated and dark in character, with alluring flavors of blackberry, licorice and black pepper supported by a serious tannic spine."