Merlot
FORGERON CELLARS

2018 Merlot

MINNICK HILLS VINEYARD
WALLA WALLA VALLEY

The summer of 2018 was one of the hottest years on record throughout the eastern side of Washington. We experienced several weeks of 95-degree and higher temperatures; at long last, a cooling trend arrived in August. The stretch of hot weather allowed an extended hang-time, resulting in appealing, complex flavor. This vintage turned out to be truly remarkable, producing lots with bright, fresh notes and seemingly innate balance.

$35 ($28)
CELLAR NOTES
  • Alcohol 14.8 % by volume
  • Aged 16 months
  • pH 3.81
  • TA 5.1
  • Barrel Program 100% French, 22% New
  • Harvested Date September 2018
  • Barreled Date December 2018
  • Bottled Date January 2020
  • Released Date November 2020
  • Production 493 cases

In the vineyard

Our Merlot from the Minnick Hills Vineyard benefits from the site’s location in the Walla Walla Valley, which is known for its rolling hills and long hang-time in the vineyard. Capturing the vineyard’s potential requires skillful farming techniques which are accentuated by the elegant winemaking techniques utilized in the cellar. Modest use of new French oak combined with the freshness of this Merlot creates a soft and silky, yet complex wine. The Minnick Hills Vineyard consistently delivers ultra-premium fruit to us each and every year

Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Minnick Hills Vineyard

In the cellar

In the glass

Our medium-bodied Merlot is sourced 100% from the Minnick Hills Vineyard located in Walla Walla Valley. Alluring notes of black raspberry, forest floor, flambéed cherries, and dark chocolate fill the glass. Juicy red currant, spice, and dried herbs highlight this wellbalanced and superbly structured example of this beloved varietal. The finish features grippy tannins and a seemingly everlasting finish.

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