Washington is known for having world class Merlot, and this bottling is no exception. Most of the components of this Merlot were fermented in stainless steel uprights with the exception of the Champoux Merlot, which was fermented in a pump under fermenter. We used PDM yeast on the Katherine Leone Merlot, Goose Ridge Merlot, Cougar Syrah, and Goose Ridge Malbec with 796 yeast used on the Champoux Merlot. All components then completed 100% malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and were aged for 25 months in 2 and 3-year-old French Oak barrels.
Inviting aromatics of raspberries, cherries, and currant, with a slight touch of basil and eucalyptus give you the character and balance you expect from Washington Merlot. This wine is intensely gratifying on the palate, with flavors of blackberries, cherries, licorice, and a touch of spicy cocoa. Boasting a great depth of flavors, this wine has an expansive mouthfeel that leads to a complex finish with fine integrated tannins and structure.