Columbia Valley Merlot
The 2016 growing season began earlier than usual, with warmer temperatures lasting through spring and into summer. The arid climate and ample sunshine led to an early bud break and accelerated vine growth. As we approached harvest, the temperatures cooled and grapes ripen to perfection. We patiently waited to harvest at the optimal moment. The resulting wines are full complex fruit aromas and character.
The deep purple color of our 2016 Columbia Merlot alludes to enticing aromas of rich, dark fruits and a subtle hint of Mocha. The majority of the grapes in this Merlot were sourced from the renowned Horse Heaven Hills AVA within the Columbia Valley. The intense sunlight and steep hillsides of this region produced fruit with complex, dark berry character. In the cellar, our disciplined oak regimen resulted in pronounced notes of toasted vanilla and dark chocolate. Balanced acidity complements the textured mouthfeel, leading into a bold, lingering finish.