The 2019 Merlot has dark cherry fruit and sweet oak on the nose. The palate offers notes ripe blackberry, strawberry with vanilla and black pepper undertones. The finish lingers on the palate and offers a touch of fig and dark chocolate. Pair this with Wild Boar, Creole Gumbo, or a creamy grilled cheese sandwich.
We began sourcing fruit from the Walla Walla Valley in 2015, annually expanding our presence in both the Summit View and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Pepper Bridge sits on the Washington side of the valley floor and is known for big opulent wines and full fruit characteristics. Summit View Vineyard, in Milton-Freewater, benefits from higher elevation, also gives many of same lush attributes. Both sites have a chalky firmness and abundant tannins in their wines.
In this bottle, we have balanced the opulent fruit with a firm oak presence, by aging the wine in a combination of French Oak (80% of the blend, 20% new, 25% Second fill) and American oak (20% of the blend, 4% New, 4% Second fill).
Food Pairing Notes
Braised lamb, Grilled steak, cheeseburger with grilled mushrooms, are all a good place to start.