Latah Creek Merlot 1997 Front Label
Latah Creek Merlot 1997 Front Label

Latah Creek Merlot 1997

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    Weather conditions for the 1997 growing season were near ideal. As a consequence of these favorable conditions, flavor and color development was excellent--high acid levels were the rule this year instead of the exception. A nice crisp (almost apple-like) finish is the predominant feature of all our 1997 wines--the acid-sugar balance is wonderful. I wish we had grapes like these to use every year.

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    Latah Creek, Washington
    Latah Creek Wine Cellars was established in 1982 in Spokane. The winery is one of only a few family owned and operated wineries within Washington. At Latah Creek our stylistic aim is to create wines that taste like the grapes from which they came. This is accomplished by using traditional winemaking principles and by the selection of exceptional fruit. Subjecting the wines to the least amount of processing and handling possible enables these natural varietal flavors to remain intact from grape to bottle. Our major goal is to produce wines with natural balance and complexity, providing a perfect compliment to food and absolute enjoyment by themselves.
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    A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

    Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

    Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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    PIM41335_1997 Item# 5425

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