Mercer Estates Horse Heaven Hills Ode to Brothers 2009 Front Label
Mercer Estates Horse Heaven Hills Ode to Brothers 2009 Front Label

Mercer Estates Horse Heaven Hills Ode to Brothers 2009

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750ML / 14.6% ABV
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750ML / 14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A beautifully balanced blend of three classic Rhone varietals - Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre - allows the character of each to show its contribution to the blend. The Grenache brings nice ripe currant fruit and raspberries and keeps the mouthfeel bright and lithe. The Syrah brings volume and complex aromas of smoke and cured meat. Mourvedre supplies white pepper and minerality. This wine will age well over the years, further melding the grapes aromas and flavors and developing complex aged notes.

Blend: 44% Grenache, 41% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre

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Polished, refined and juicy, with cherry and raspberry fruit nicely shaded by nutmeg and dark chocolate overtones. This has personality and length, but speaks modestly. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2017.
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Mercer was the founding member of Washington’s highest accoladed AVA, Horse Heaven Hills. Their vineyard at one time included, and still adjoins, the source of Washington’s first Parker-rated 100 point wines. Mercer Ranch was homesteaded by the Mercer family in 1886 and was planted to vines in 1972. The family still supplies grapes to some of the state’s leading wine brands, as well as its own Mercer Family Vineyards label, which consistently produces Cabernet Sauvignons rated 90+ by the leading wine critics.

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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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WBO30097613_2009 Item# 137858

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