The 2021 Merlot is energetic and fruit-driven with subtle aromas of dark chocolate, wet earth, and vanilla. A luxurious mid-palate with ripe tannins leads to ﬂavors of dark cherry, blackberry, plums, and a hint of cinnamon. Ultimately, the earthy notes and a kiss of cocoa give way to fresh acidity creating a complete and complex wine, pleasurable now and for years to come.
The 2021 growing season started with a cool, dry spring and an early bud break in April. A July heat dome sent temperatures soaring to previously unseen heights for the state, topping out in Walla Walla at 116°! Above average temperatures lasted for the rest of the summer. Finally, the weather cooled at the end of August and brought perfect ripening conditions for an ideal, unrushed harvest season. Although the heat produced lower yields across the region, the grapes held beautiful concentration and acidity, with immense taste, mouthfeel, and color. Wines from the 2021 vintage are extremely balanced, forecasting their age-worthiness and drinkability for years to come!
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Varietals: 82% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: 42% Seven Hills, 39% Pepper Bridge, 15% Waliser, 4% Octave