Estate Merlot 2012

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Estate Merlot 2012

Walla Walla Valley, Washington

WINEMAKER NOTES

After a cool vintage in 2011, we were fortunate to experience a much warmer 2012 and, of course, it made growing conditions much more favorable and winemakers a lot happier! We were able to let out Merlot hang for longer period of time, to ensure ripe, jammy fruit at harvest and we were ready to bury the “Sideways-hatchet” once and for all! Intense fruit and innovative wine making techniques during crucial stages of fermentation delivered fruit – forward Merlot and paved the way for much needed barrel aging in French oak for 22 months. Only the best barrels from 4 different vineyard lots were chosen and then blended together prior to bottling. These unique sites, with each own specific terroir, bring complexity and balance to our Merlot.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Vintage: 2012
Varieties: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Vineyards: Double Canyon, Willard, Wallula
Oak: 100% French oak , 22 months
Alcohol: 15.3%
Production: 776 cases

OTHER VINTAGES AVAILABLE
2006 2009 2010 2010R 2011 2012DRV 2013

PAIRING

  • Filet Mignon
  • Prime Rib
  • Strong Cheeses

ACCOLADES

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