2017 Small Lot Merlot
Aromas of red currants, cherry and raspberry with hints of chocolate covered almond lend well to the structural core of dusty tannins and a lingering textured finish.
Horse Heaven Hills
red currant, cherry, raspberry, chocolate covered almond
The fruit for this wine is grown at 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.
The grapes were harvested and sorted in the vineyards with our "Selective Harvester" to allow for maximum hangtime and flavor development. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. We fermented the fruit in a stainless steel tank with a combination of pumpovers and rack & returns (délestage) to control extraction and flavors. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a combination of new and used French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months.
76% Merlot, 24% Syrah
Food Pairing Notes
beef, pork, BBQ, vergetarian, lamb, pasta, cheese, charcuterie, chocolate