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Walla Walla Vintners

2014 Merlot

2014 Merlot
Walla Walla Valley

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SKU: 14ME
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Acid
5.9 g/L
pH
3.82
Aging
Aged 15 months in 37% new French & American oak, 33% once-filled French & American oak and 30% neutral oak barrels.
Fermentation
An open top stainless steel tank, the cap was punched down four times a day, pumpovers with selected delestage.
Bottling Date
02/09/2016
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The attention-getting nose of cedar, oak and violet jumps from the glass and takes you to a sweet espresso beginning, a thick middle of wild huckleberry jam and a finish that dances with flavors of caramel, mocha, leather and fresh black Mission fig.
Ratings
2014 Merlot Outstanding! ~ from Great Northwest Wine ~ Several of the Walla Walla Valley’s top vineyards, including Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills and Walla Walla Vintners’ estate, went into this marvelous Merlot. Aromas lead with Chukar Cherries, mint, plums and raspberry bramble with a hint of blueberry cobbler. The palate is perfectly balanced between the elements of fruit, spice, floral and structure, offering vanilla and clove from the 15 months in French barrels, loads of cherry compote and a clove/nutmeg component that highlights the fruit. It ends with a slight tug of tannin that merely invites another sample. Suggested pairings span Mac & Cheese or Pot de crème. This earned a double gold medal at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition. Longtime educator Myles Anderson created and taught the viticulture and enology program for Walla Walla Walla Community College. In 2002, he selected one of his top students, Colorado native William von Metzger, to help him ramp up production of Walla Walla Vintners, the brand Anderson and Gordy Venneri bonded in 1995. The string of success they’ve achieved in their decade of working together help earn them the award of 2016 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest.
Awards
Best in Class, Double Gold ~ Cascadia Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
Walla Walla Vintners Estate, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Yellow Bird, Lodmell and Dwelley
Production Notes
91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc
Winemaker Notes
At the time this was the hottest vintage on record, with Growing Degree Days at 25% above average. It stayed hot and dry well into the fall, creating a compacted harvest that began ten days ahead of schedule and finish two weeks early. Hot summer days reduced berry size and lead to wines with intense flavor and depth. This is a year for big, powerhouse wines. Enjoy!
Production
761 cases
Other Notes
The attention-getting nose of cedar, oak and violet jumps from the glass and takes you to a sweet espresso beginning, a thick middle of wild huckleberry jam and a finish that dances with flavors of caramel, mocha, leather and fresh black Mission fig.