1998 Reininger Merlot

1998 Reininger Merlot
Walla Walla Valley

Technical Information1998 Reininger Merlot Walla Walla Valley

Pepper Bridge
Spring Valley
Bordeaux Blend
92% Merlot
6% Cabernet Franc
2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvested September 28 through October 8
Brix 23.8 B°
Fermentation 5-7 days on skins in open fermenters and basket pressed directly to barrels before dry
Aging 17 months American Oak. 80% new oak.
Bottled March 2000
pH 3.60
Total acidity 0.54g/100ml
Cases Produced 850

Tasting Notes
Big, well-rounded merlot with excellent color extraction, prominent black currant, plum, cassis aromas and flavors layered with chocolate and cola. Complex and wonderfully integrated wood spices, with notes of cedar and vanilla.

Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2000
Gold Medal, Northwest Wine Summit 2001