2010 Reserve Merlot

Tasting Note: Wonderfully developed cherry, smoke and leather aromas swirl in the glass. Juicy, bright cherries welcome you to the well-rounded palate. Layered notes of rich fruit, cocoa powder and leather lead to balanced tannins and lingering oak on the finish.

Acclaim: 91 Points, Smart Buy - Wine Spectator

Winemaker Notes

Varietal blend: 100% Merlot

Appellation: Columbia Valley

pH: 3.65

TA: .58

RS: None

Alcohol: 13.7%

Vineyards: Mirage, Canyon Ranch, Elephant Mountain

Oak: 28% New Oak (64% AO,  16% FO,20% HO )

Fining: None

Aging: 24 months

Malolactic: 100%

Yeast: Pasture Red

Harvest Dates: 9/17/09 - 10/5/09

Bottling Dates: 10/20/11

Cases Produced: 4,800

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