THE WINE More intense than our Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Wine, our 2015 Merlot is a shining example of what is possible when top-quality Washington State fruit finds its way into the right hands. The fruit was sourced from three of Eastern Washington’s best red wine grape vineyards. The 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. 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. The wine offers aromas of smoke and black plum against a rich vanilla canvas. On the palate, it is velvety and rich with excellent acidity and long lasting finish.
COMPOSITION 100% Merlot
APPELLATION Columbia Valley, Washington
FOOD PAIRING Delicious with smoked meats or lamb Osso Bucco.