Layered with enticing aromas of black cherry, violet and rose petal. This full bodied Merlot shows a bright core of red fruit, blackberry, and baking spice on a seamless finish of fine-grained tannin.
The 2013 vintage was one of the warmest vintages for Washington, rivaling 2003 and 1998, with slightly lower yields due to smaller berry size. Bud break occurred in mid-April followed by bloom in early June, both about one week ahead of normal. Fruit set was generally good. Canopies were a little larger due to spring rains. Continued heat in July kept berry size small, with thicker skins, denser structure, with highly colored and flavorful wines. Harvest started in early September on the warmer sites. A dramatic change in weather mid-September shifted to cool yet dry conditions through the rest of harvest, slowing down Brix accumulation and providing ideal hang-time for structure and flavor development.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
91 POINTSWine Enthusiast 2016
90 POINTSRobert Parker, The Wine Advocate 2016
OUTSTANDINGGreat Northwest Wine 2016
THE BELLINGHAM HERALDPacific Northwest 2016