Washington Hills Merlot 2003

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Item No. 81947
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Winemaker's Notes

The Wine Dense burgundy in color, cherries and blackberries dominate the nose with additional notes of cedar and green pepper. The flavors integrate on the palate, emphasizing bright fruit and a smooth clean finish. The Grapes Merlot from three separate vineyards in three distinct areas, Yakima Valley, Mattawa and Pasco; together with three varieties, contributed to a wine of great complexity and interest. The final blend was 84% Merlot, 12% Cabernet and 4% Cabernet Franc. The Appellation The Columbia Valley appellation recognizes an area of the Columbia Basin stretching from the Dalles, Oregon, north through Washington to Lake Roosevelt and east to the Idaho border. The area is characterized by low rainfall, long daylight hours during the growing season and sandy loam soil.

Learn About Columbia Valley

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...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) 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...

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