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2010 Desert Wind Merlot

The wine is full-bodied and rich with ripe flavors of plum, marionberry, with a hint of chocolate.

89 points, Wine Spectator
"Fresh and vibrant, showing restraint in terms of size and structure, with red berry, cinnamon and savory spice flavors lingering against tight tannins."

$18.00 per Bottle
$216.00 per Case
 

Tasting Notes

The wine is full-bodied and rich with ripe flavors of plum, marionberry, with a hint of chocolate.

Vineyard Notes

The Wahluke Slope is located in Eastern Washington’s Columbia Valley. The site is considered Zone 3, the hottest in the region. Our 480-acre vineyard is a southern facing block with a two percent slope and shallow, rocky soil. The vines are irrigated with an underground drip system; double catch wires are used to increase air circulation during the growing season. Leaf pulling and cluster thinning are important steps in aiding the ripening of the grapes.

Winemaker Notes

Intense, late summer fruit flavors are a hallmark of the Desert Wind Merlot. The wine is full-bodied and rich with ripe flavors of plum, marionberry, with a hint of chocolate. Winemaker Mark Chargin uses oak and patience to bind these qualities into a well-integrated and supple wine. Our Merlot pairs well with full-flavored foods including hearty pastas, grilled meats and game.

Pairings

Our Merlot pairs well with full-flavored foods including hearty pastas, grilled meats and game.

Awards

Silver Medal-2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Bronze Medal-2012 Seattle Wine Awards.

Wine Profile

Vintage 2010
Varietal 100% Merlot
Appellation Wahluke Slope
Harvest Date September 24-October 10, 2010
Acid .66g/100ml
PH 3.48
Aging Barrel aged 10 months in French and American oak
Ageability now or cellar 8-10 years
Fermentation Closed top fermentation with circulation two-three times per day; eight to ten days of skin contact.
Bottling Date Oct-11
Residual Sugar .02g/100ml
Alcohol % 15
Size 750 ml