2011 Reserve Merlot

Tasting Note: Leathery notes with layered fruit flavors of boysenberry and sweet cranberry, this merlot's lush mouth feel and medium body offers with fine, well-supported tannins. Vanillin notes from French Oak aging and red and black fruit flavors round out a lingering finish

Acclaim: 91 Points, Smart Buy - Wine Spectator

Winemaker Notes

Varietal blend: 100% Merlot

Appellation: Columbia Valley

pH: 3.56

TA: 6.5g/l

RS: 0.9g/l (dry)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Vineyards: Mirage, Canyon Ranch, Elephant Mountain

Oak: 25% New Oak (79% AO, 21% FO ) balance to 2-5 year old oak

Fining: None

Aging: 24 months

Malolactic: 100%

Yeast: Pasteur Red

Harvest Dates: 10/8/11 - 10/21/11

Bottling Dates: 10/31/13 - 11/4/13

Cases Produced: 4,728

Food & Wine Pairing: Grilled Steak with Portabella Mushrooms,  Rosemary Pork Chops, Pasta with Red Sauce