Columbia Valley Merlot
The second consecutively warm vintage in a row for Washington Merlot, 2014 had record-breaking heat in many parts of the Columbia Valley AVA. The season-long warm temperatures resulted in a large, uniformly excellent crop that came in about two weeks earlier than usual. Grape quality was superb, with Merlot developing ripe dark fruit notes and soft tannins. For Washington Merlot, winemaker Sean Hails selected premiere vineyards in the Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills and other regions within Columbia Valley.
Our rich, full-bodied Columbia Valley Merlot opens with hallmark dark purple color and enticing aromas of plum, clove and baking spice. On the fruit-forward palate, dark fruit flavors of black cherry, wild blackberry and juicy plum are met with pronounced notes of sweet oak, vanilla and hints of mocha for a silky, textured mouthfeel. Notes of ripe raspberry and caramel linger on the generous finish.