This Merlot opens with notes of black cherry, eucalyptus, black olives & toasty oak. On the palate, enjoy bright red fruit flavors backed with anise and a steely minerality. This wine has a structural core of powdery tannins that are lifted with a touch of acidity.
The grapes for this wine come from our Estate Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. The Merlot came from Dead Canyon and Zephyr Ridge Vineyards, and the Syrah from our Culloden and Dead Canyon Vineyards.
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 French and American oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 20 months before being blended together for bottling.
85% Merlot, 15% Syrah
Food Pairing Notes
Beef, BBQ, Duck, Pork, Pasta, Dark Chocolate Cheesecake