black currant, blueberry, sweet roasted caramel, tea tree & eucalyptus
On a sunny September day in 2001, two airplanes departed Boston's Logan Airport, and America changed. The country lost much of its innocence, and many Americans lost much more.
Mercer Wine Estates' Vineyard Manager, John Derrick, lost his best friend, Richard Guadagno, who went down in a Pennsylvania field on Flight 93. Rob Mercer, Owner of Mercer Estates, served as a Captain in the US Marcine Corps in the 1990's and re-appointed after 9-11 to serve in Iraq.
When he returned from service, Rob looked for another way to give back. He and John decided to plant a special vineyard and to donate 100% of the proceeds from the wine it would produce to programs that benefit those who have served and suffered. Block 93 of the Cavalie Vineyard is a one-acre block of premium, Washington wine grapes on some of the best vineyard land in the US. 911 vines were planted on a south facing slope in the Horse Heaven Hills.
The fruit was harvested on November 1, 2014. 2017 was the third harvest for this block and yielded 2.41 tons of fruit. These grapes were double sorted, first in the vineyard with the selective harvest on our Pellenc harvesters, then again at the winery on our sorting table. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. We fermented the wine in our oak upright tank with twice daily punch downs. After fermentation, the wine was racked to four new French oak and three older French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in those seven barrels for 18 months before being blended together.