Merlot

2015Merlot

Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills & XL

REININGER has been producing a Walla Walla Merlot since our inaugural vintage in 1997. Highlights of past vintages include 90 points from Wine & Spirits and Wine Enthusiast for the 1999 vintage, 93 points from Wine & Spirits for the 2001 vintage, being included in “Top 20 Wines of Washington State” in Food & Wine for the 2003, and included in “Top 50 Wines of 2014” in Seattle Times for the 2010 vintage.

Merlot
Tasting Note

2015 brought record temperatures along with our earliest harvest ever, beginning in late August. We experienced extreme, early summer heat and consistent hot temperatures followed by a very welcomed cooling trend beginning at veraison. The results were higher than expected acidity and even ripening. Thanks to the early harvest, the Merlot was brought in with plenty of acid in equilibrium with round, cushy tannins balanced on a foundation of plush dark cherry fruit delivering our most exceptional Walla Walla  Merlot of the past several vintages.

An effusive nose brings forth intense, classic Merlot expressions of dark fruit with a floral note of dried, sweet rose petal plus a hint of incense. Opulent-focused flavors of black cherry, plum, raspberry and lots of baked fig are complemented with thin layers of judicious oak displaying notes of cedar and sandalwood with a mild drop of caramel sprinkled with cocoa powder.

 

Technical Information

Blend:
96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard:
Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills & XL
Appellation:
Walla Walla Valley
Cooperage:
68% American, 32% French (58% new)
Alcohol:
14.2%
pH:
3.75
Total Acidity:
6.4 g/L
Cases Produced:
230
Bottled:
July 2017
Released:
January 2019
Drink Between:
2019-2023