1999 Reininger Merlot

1999 Reininger Merlot
Walla Walla Valley

Technical Information1999 Reininger Merlot Walla Walla Valley

Vineyards
Pepper Bridge
Spring Valley
Whitney
Blend
89% Merlot
5.5% Cabernet Franc
5.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvested September 27-October 21
Brix 23.0-24.5
Fermentation 5-7 days in open fermenters and pressed directly to barrels before dry
Aging
19 months
35% new oak
83% American Oak
17% French Oak
Bottled May 2001
pH 3.43
Total acidity 0.69g/100ml
Cases Produced 840

Tasting Notes
A very fruit forward, well-balanced wine displaying tantalizing flavors. The nose greets you with black fruits, hints of tobacco, and whispers of coconut and vanillin. The mouth bursts with bing cherries, while the finish suggests essences of Russian olive and light oak. Elegant structure gives this wine moderate aging ability though is very enjoyable now.

Awards
Grand Award, Pacific Northwest Enological Society 2001
Gold Medal, Pacific Northwest Enological Society 2001