2016 Small Lot Merlot
Aromas of red currants, black cherry, and plum with hints of sweet tobacco and dark chocolate lend well to the structural core of dusty tannins and a lingering textured finish.
Horse Heaven Hills
0.48 g/100 ml
Aromas of red currents, black cherry, and plum with hints of sweet tobacco and dark chocolate lend well to the structural core of dusty tannins and a lingering textured finish.
Wine Press Northwest - double gold Seattle Wine Awards - silver Cascadia Wine Competition - silver San Francisco Wine Chronical - silver
The fruit for this wine is grown in our acclaimed Spice Cabinet Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. This vineyard sits on a southeast slope above the Columbia River. The orientation of the block allows for morning sun exposure of the fruit, while avoiding the intense afternoon rays.
These grapes were double sorted, first in the vineyard with the selective harvest tool 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. At the winery, individual lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pumpovers allowed gentle extraction of color and tannins. After draining the wine and pressing the skins, the wine was racked to a blend of new and used French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 20 months.
77% Merlot, 19% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Pairing Notes
chicken, pork, beef, BBQ, vegetarian, lamb, veggies, pasta, cheese and chocolate