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2018 Merlot

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2018 Merlot

Dark plum and black cherry abound in this vintage. Blue notes and a touch of cedar linger in the background on the nose. The palate is full bodied, balanced by fresh acidity with black and blue fruit interwoven with savory qualities, reminiscent of iron and brambles. Supple tannins create a rich and textured mouthfeel which leads to a smooth and long, dark finish.


THE 2018 VINTAGE

The 2018 harvest kicked off with a nice even spring. July brought in hotter temperatures, as well as some smoke from surrounding fires. But by the second week of August, the weather cooled off considerably to usher in one of the most ideal ripening seasons in recent history. September brought beautiful, mild weather, offering the fruit several extra weeks to hang during long, sun-filled fall days. Harvest was wrapped up on October 15th producing wines that are balanced with great fruit expression. A harvest to remember, indeed!

VITICULTURE

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


WINE SPECIFICS

Varietal(s):  81% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec
Vineyard(s):  63% Seven Hills, 30% Pepper Bridge, 7% Octave
Appellation:  100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program:  100% French Oak; 58% New and 42% Neutral   
Harvest Dates:  September 15th, 2018
Alcohol:  14.5% by volume
Production:  1,135 cases
Bottling Date:  April 8th, 2020
Release Date:  Fall 2020

2018 Merlot