2013 Reserve Merlot
Our Reserve wines are sourced from the best vineyard lots for aging in our finest oak barrels. Our 2013 vintage Merlot opens with wild
strawberry, cherry, blueberry, and dark, meaty plum aromas. The wine is rich and weighty with great structure, nicely integrated oak, and flavors of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pair with grilled steak, lamb stew, or curried lentils and wild rice.
THE VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
2013 was an excellent year for red grapes. The weather was much warmer than for the previous vintages, with above-average temperatures. The warm, dry conditions led to the grapes ripening fully and developing the excellent varietal flavors expected from Washington state Merlot. The fruit was sourced primarily from select blocks at Andrews, Horse Heaven Hills, and Wahluke Slope vineyards. The vineyards are located on high, sandy sites that tend to be very warm. With a very warm season overall, the Merlot ripened well. The grapes were luscious and weighty with ample depth and color.
The grapes were harvested during the day to build heat from the sun for warm, effective macerations. After being destemmed and crushed, the fruit macerated in stainless steel tanks. The wine was first racked off of primary fermentation yeast lees and then off malolactic lees. All of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. After 18 to 22 months of aging, the wine was bottled in September 2015.
Harvest Dates: September 21–October 9, 2013
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Varietal Percentages: 79% Merlot, 17% Malbec, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Brix at Harvest: 25.4°
Residual Sugar: 0.1g/L
Case Production: 2,000 six-bottle cases