With only 185 cases produced, this 2009 Merlot has the strength of a gold-standard season. Harvest from a trio of vineyards (Boushey, Stonetree and Weinbau) produce a wine with a mouthfeel that is vibrant and exuberant with impressive dark fruit and texture. While perfectly enjoyable now (with 2-4 hours of decant time), this wine will be long lasting. We advise laying it down for another 3-5 years to enjoy the evolution!
After a very hot and dry 2009 Summer, September's even, warm temperatures helped balance the sugars with the acids and allow phenolic ripeness to occur. Colors in black grape varieties were deep, while tannins developed quickly.
Merlot: 39% Olsen Vineyard (Yakima Valley); 31% StoneTree Vineyard (Wahluke Slope); 30% Boushey Vineyard (Yakima Valley)
There is little oak influence to mar the purity of the vintage and the stong material is the combination of the warmer Wahluke Slope (StoneTree and Weinbau Vineyards) bringing depth and power while the cooler Yakima (Boushey Vineyard) terroir imparts fresh and bright berry flavors.
The mouthfeel is vibrant and exuberant with impressive dark fruit and texture.
NOSE: raspberry, cherry, hint of mint
MOUTH: licorice, smoke, deep cassis, red fruit
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: marinated flank steak or grilled pork tenderloin