Merlot grown in the warm, dry conditions of the Columbia Valley, is full-bodied, structured, rich and delicious. This is a great example of Eastern Washington Merlot at its finest, with black currant flavors and a smooth, opulent body. 2013 Was a very warm growing season in Washington State. May and June saw large fluctuations from record high temps to downright cool, and there were three times the average rainfall in June, leading to bigger canopies than usual. But we had a near-perfect finish to the growing season with a big increase in flavors and overall concentration as the nights started getting cool.
Our 2013 Merlot is a blend of different vineyard sites to achieve the optimal balance of ripeness and character. Candy Mountain is located on the south side of Red Mountain; extremely warm and windy, it is a harsh site which enables full concentration of the grapes. Minnick Hills and Birch Creek are in Walla Walla and ripen later, with softer tannins and lots of red cherry components, they blend very well with the bigger wine produced from Candy Mountain. The Malbec brings deep blackberry flavors while the Dionysus Petit Verdot gets picked at full ripeness and adds a note of marzipan and spice. Both Malbec and Petit Verdot add great color.
We used a touch of American oak for a kick of added spice.
Jammy with bold tannins evolving into a silky finish.
NOSE: blueberry, black currant, lilac, dark cherry
MOUTH: boysenberry, spicy chocolate, blueberry, pomegranate
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Asian-style marinated flank steak