2017 Merlot

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2017 Merlot
2017 Merlot

Our 2017 Merlot is a full-bodied yet fruit-forward expression of Merlot grown in the Horse Heaven Hills region of Washington’s Columbia Valley. In addition to Merlot, the four remaining Bordeaux varietals—Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot also make their presence known here. Our Merlot is soft and ripe yet well-structured because of the tannins provided by the grapes grown in the very warm HHH AVA. Aromas of plums, cherry cobbler and vanilla are noticeable on the nose of this robust yet approachable merlot. This wine would be terrific to have with filet mignon, sausage lasagna, or rabbit stew.

Grape Sources
75% Merlot, McKinley Springs Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
3% Cabernet Sauvignon, McKinley Springs Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
5% Cabernet Franc, McKinley Springs Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
3% Cabernet Sauvignon, Lonesome Springs Ranch, Yakima Valley
3% Cabernet Sauvignon, Olsen Vineyard, Yakima Valley
9% Petit Verdot, Olsen Vineyard, Yakima Valley
2% Malbec, Olsen Vineyard, Yakima Valley

Wine Making Notes
85% French Oak, 15% American Oak
25% New oak
Al. 13.8%
pH 3.69
TA 5.2 g/L
Bottled: 7/6/16
Cases Produced: 160

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