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New Release: 2017 Columbia Valley Merlot


Winemaker's Notes

Washington is known for having world class Merlot, and this bottling is no exception. With the three vineyard sites harvested from late-September to mid-November, the fruit achieved maximum ripeness while maintaining great acidity in this extended growing season. The Goose Ridge Vineyard Merlot was fermented in a stainless-steel upright fermenter while the Champoux Cabernet and Kiona Carmenere were fermented in our rotary fermenter to manage the tannin structure from these particular vineyard sites. We used PDM yeast on all lots then completed malolactic fermentation in French Oak Barrels. Jose then aged 30% of the blend in 2nd use French Oak barrels, 6% in 3rd fill, with the other 10% in new French Oak barrels for 32 months.

Blend/Vineyard Notes

95% Merlot & 5% Carmenere

84% Goose Ridge Merlot, Columbia Valley

11% Champoux Vineyard Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills

5% Kiona Vineyard Carmenere, Red Mountain Vineyard

Tasting Notes

Diverse layered aromatics of dark cherry, blackberries, and elegant floral notes lead into a touch of lavender and graphite on the nose. With dense flavors of cassis, dark cherry, dark plum and fennel seed that linger on the complex palate, this wine has round and approachable tannins that are balanced by a nice touch of oak and mineral on the finish.

Technical Data

Release Date: December 2020

Alcohol: 13.5

Residual Sugar: Dry

Acidity: 0.63

pH 3.84 Cases: 1,000

New Release: 2017 Columbia Valley Merlot
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