THE WINE: Our 2015 Merlot is a fine example of what is possible when top-quality Washington State fruit finds its way into the right hands. There isn’t a whole lot left available of this bottling, but if you’re lucky enough to have a bottle on hand, it’s drinking ridiculously well. The fruit was sourced from three of Eastern Washington’s best red wine grape vineyards. Clifton Vineyard, located close to the Columbia River is on the warmer side and has sandy soils. The fruit gives deep plum flavors and rich, broad texture. Ravenscliff is a younger site planted directly above Clifton. The soil changes from sandy loam to gravelly loam. The fruit is more complex and savory from this cooler site. The Northridge Vineyard was planted in 1998. Its gravelly ancient soils were unaffected by the Missoula floods.
AROMAS: The wine offers aromas of black plum and spice against a smooth vanilla canvas.
FLAVORS: On the palate it is velvety with excellent acidity and long lasting finish.
STRUCTURE:The fruit is intense with exceptional color and freshness. The wine is aged in 25% new French oak barrels to soften the tannins and provide structure.
COMPOSITION: 100% Merlot
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington
FOOD PAIRING: Delicious with smoked meats or lamb Osso Bucco.