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Walla Walla Vintners

2016 Merlot

2016 Merlot
Walla Walla Valley

A picture-perfect fall set the stage for this magnificent wine. The warm, sunny days were offset by cool, breezy nights. Flavors ripened and developed in the vineyard, while maintaining balanced sugar and acidity. The 2016 Merlot opens with wave upon wave of fruit, blackberry, black cherry and cassis, with undertones of cocoa powder, cola and just a hint of mint. Dripping with more black fruit on the palate, its supported by deft balance, integrated tannins showing just a touch of dust and a velvety mouthfeel, stretching through the lengthy finish.

Jeb Dunnuck, 90 pts 

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SKU: 16ME
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Walla Walla Valley
Acid
6.3 g/L
pH
3.71
Aging
15 months in 40% new (25% French, 15% American) oak and 60% neutral oak barrels
Fermentation
An open top stainless steel tank, the cap was punched down four times a day, pumpovers with selected delestage
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Cut Bank Estate, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Dwelley, Yellow Bird, Windrow, Lodmell Vineyards
Winemaker Notes
91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc
Production
786 cases