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.