Aromas of black cherry and black current are balanced with oak, spice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Bright fruit flavors dominate in the mouth with a lively acidity and moderate but smooth tannins. This Merlot is complex and layered and displays the intensity that can be developed in Washington State. While soft and approachable for near-term enjoyment, the subtle structural tannins and acid backbone give this wine excellent potential for aging. It is a splendid match for rich meats, dark red pasta sauces, smoked grilled salmon and is beautifully matched with Cajun or spicy oriental foods!
This 2004 vintage Merlot is a worthy successor to our award winning 2003. The aromas of black
cherries and red currants dominate the nose. There is a good dose of medium toasted
European oak barrels. You see a great vintage in the 2004 with moderate tannins and good
acid. This wine drinks great now and has some punch worthy of 5-8 years aging.
Vineyards and Growing Season:
The 2004 growing season was hot with deep ripening fruit that gave us wines of good color,
structure and depth. This is a wine with good weight on the pallet. My winemaking philosophy
remains constant as I blend the great characteristics of various vineyard sources to develop the
best wine in the bottle.
Bordeaux yeast was used at a Max fermentation of 88 degrees F
Pump-overs 2 to 3 times daily until fermented to dryness
Aged in both American and European oak barrels- Medium Heavy Toast
Nothing about the appearance detracts from the experience (2 of 2). The bouquet is fairly neutral. Nothing odd or suspicious, but a light, pleasant smell that suggests a mild presentation and body (3 of 4). The presentation is indeed simple and enjoyable. Not overloaded with fruit, nor astringent with tannins. But not much to really talk about either. The body is middle of the road Merlot, and the finish is well-balanced but otherwise unremarkable (5 of 10). Overall, all the parts of this wine work well together. It's just not as complex a tasting experience as I woule like from my Merlot. Now is the right time to drink it, while it is still a well balanced wine. (2 of 4). I enjoied this wine, but I'll probably not buy it again, as ultimately, this wine is only an average, well made wine. TOTAL: 12 of 20