Estate Merriment 2013

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Estate Merriment 2013

Columbia Valley

WINEMAKER NOTES

2013 Merriment is our flagship wine here at Basel Cellars. Every year we walk our vineyards and select only the best fruit to craft this wine. Passionate viticulture, innovative wine making and state of the art equipment are the recipe for this classic Bordeaux – style blend. Ripe, intense fruit fermented separately in small lots and then aged gracefully in new French oak for 20 months. The most expressive and complex barrels from these lots were carefully chosen and then blended together prior to bottling.

On the nose this wine shows beautiful hints of dark berry fruit and toasty oak. Prominent notes of ripe cherry, leather and cedar will satisfy your senses after some precious time in your glass. You will also be greeted by a distinctive earthy element that makes for a balanced and intense aroma. The mouth feel is “sweet” and supple, with layered tannins and great acidity for structure. Dark fruit carries through on the palate and lingers on in the pleasant finish.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Vintage: 2013
Varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Oak: 22 months in 100% French, 100% New
Alcohol: 14.9%
Production: 294 cases

OTHER VINTAGES AVAILABLE
2008 2009 2010 2012

PAIRING

  • Wild duck or pheasant
  • Aged sheep’s cheese
  • Green bean stew