Merlot continues to be one of the most exciting varietals grown in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys. By using such options as a variety of yeast strains, vineyard sites (both cool and warmer), and oak barrels, our winemakers create a Merlot with soft, bright fruit flavors and aromas that harmonize with the oak flavors. Expansive notes of vanilla, coffee and clove highlight the aromas of ripe dark cherry, black raspberry and plum. On the palate, a center of black cherry, clove and sweet anise is accented by nuances of coffee, toast and dried herb. This velvety wine culminates in a long finish with moderate tannins.