Our 2011 Boushey Merlot is a true reflection of its cooler Yakima Valley terroir. A pretty nose abounds with boysenberry, tart black cherry and violets. The lush, juicy palate is ripe with even more black cherries, spiced plums, rich dark fruit and texture. With undertones of spice and chocolate, this food-friendly wine has nice acid-to-tannin balance and a delightful mixed berry finish. What food will you pair with your 2011 Boushey Merlot?
We love Boushey Vineyard for the incredible depth and quality of fruit grown. Boushey's 60-acre vineyard is located on the outskirts of Grandview. Because the Yakima Valley is cooler than Red Mountain to the East and Wahluke Slope to the North, the grapes hang a few weeks longer, accumulating complex flavors without over ripening.
Despite delayed ripening due to an unusually cool 2011 Spring and Summer, late Fall was nearly optimal. Warm, dry days allowed prolonged hang time, allowing Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla to produce a balanced and elegant 2011 Merlot with lower alcohol and higher acidity.
With undertones of spice and chocolate, this food-friendly wine has nice acid-to-tannin balance and a delightful mixed berry finish.
NOSE: boysenberry, tart black cherry, violets
MOUTH: black cherries, spiced plums, rich dark fruit
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: grilled pork tenderloin, merlot-braised short ribs or grilled veal chops