2009 Helix Merlot

2009 Helix Merlot
Columbia Valley

Technical Information2009 Helix Merlot | Columbia Valley

Vineyards
Stillwater Creek Vineyard
Blend
100% Merlot
Cooperage
78% French, 11% American, 11% Russian
(0% New)
Bottled September 2011
pH 3.56
Total acidity 6.3 g/L
Cases Produced 599cases

Tasting Notes
While bathing my glass with soft garnet color, the Merlot’s nose evokes a vision of reaching into the cabinets next to my stove and prepping dinner: saute pan, cutting board, small glass bowls, knives, food. Roasted tomato, dried dark cherries, sage, rose petal and sandalwood. A Powerful palate of deep black cherry reduction, roasted tomato, fresh sage, a touch of espresso ground French roasted coffee, with hints of dark chocolate, toasted walnut, cedar shavings and  chopped vanilla bean. I’m glad I get to sample as I cook!

-Chuck Reininger, Winemaker

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