2015 CCW Merlot
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Ripe cherry aromas, sweet oak notes and blueberry. Medium bodied with ripe fruit flavors. The tannins help round out the finish. Overall great fruit, easy drinking and a light finish.
2015 was an interesting year for our Merlot. It has always been a wine that blended well with a lot of our wines but this year it seemed a little special. We did pick a little early because of the hot vintage but the flavors where there and after aging I had to bottle a couple of barrels on its own. The fruit looked and tasted great out in the vineyard. We handpicked in September. They were then fermented on skins for 2 weeks. The Merlot was aged in French oak barrels for 22 months. It is drinking well right now but will age for up to 10 years.