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2011 Merlot

2011 Merlot
2011 Merlot

2011 Merlot

One of our favorites from the Wahluke Slope. This particular Merlot is both atypical and elightful, boasting strong notes of smoke and pipe tobacco on the nose, with a bold and peppery finish. 

Smokey with a pepper finish!

Tasting notes

This merlot compliments any meal that has a hint of spice, whether it be a zesty cajun dish or a juicy peppered steak. Being soft in tannins this merlot also pairs wonderfully with dark chocolates. The nose is pronounced and earthy smelling of the cellar it came from. The pallate picks up wonderful notes of bing cherry, while the finish is of leather and an explosion of pepper. 

Production notes

Hand harvested October 19, 2011. Cold soaked for 5 days, fermented for 6. The cold soaking extracts additional colors and flavors, while not adding any additional tannins or bitterness to the wine.


73 Cases Produced

Other notes

This Merlot nearly thinks it's a Malbec!

AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardWahluke Slope
Harvest Date10/11/2011
Sugar24 BRIx
AgingPotentially aged for 8-10 years
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date12/14/2013

We picked these grapes at the Wahluke Slope AVA, Block 8 Merlot from certified clones planted in 1998. The vineyard is at approximately 700 feet elevation with silt loam soil and excellent drainage. The Wahluke slope is an amazing and unique AVA, producing bold fruit-forward reds with lots of spice. 

This is an incredibly smooth merlot that boasts dark red fruit on the nose, then transitions into ripe blackberry, with a hint of leather and clove on the finish. We oaked it in a combination of American and French Oak Barrels for 20 months. The result was a low-tannic fruit forward merlot that is very easy to drink, and very easy to pair with meals.

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