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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Our Foreshadow Merlot showcases our best Merlot vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain appellations. If color is any indication of a wine's concentration, this wine is as hedonistic as a Merlot you will find. The wine shows dark, sweet aromas of plums, blueberries and boysenberries wrapped in sandalwood, wet stone and resin. The wine enters the palate sweet, shows considerable weight on the mid palate and stays on course showing a variety of fruits from the dark skinned fruit family, fruits like blackberry, blueberry, and black currants. These fruits are accented by flavors of roasted meats, baking spices and hints of graphite and slate. Given the nature of this wine's concentrated dark fruit core, I would recommend cellaring before consumption. Optimal cellaring for this merlot is in the 5 – 8 year range however it will certainly age longer with proper care.
"In this cooler vintage, winemaker John Bookwalter has introduced Syrah into his Merlot blend, along with smaller portions of Bordeaux varietals. A complex, satiny wine, spiced with herb and eucalyptus highlights, lush black fruits, and toasty espresso in the finish."
Jerry Bookwalter has been in agriculture since graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Ag. Production in 1962. His past career as manager for Sagemoor Farms has given way to vineyard management and winemaking. Jerry began making wine in 1983. Wines include award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat Blanc and Merlot as well as Red Table Wine, Johannisberg Riesling and Chenin Blanc.
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...Read More About Columbia Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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