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  • The Expedition Merlot

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    Acclaim

    90 Points, Top 100 Value, Smart Buy2015 VintageWine Spectator Tim Fish July 2, 2018
    Recommended2013 VintageWine EnthusiastSean SullivanNovember 1, 2015
    88 Points2013 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 1, 2015

    Supple, generous and expressive, with black cherry, orange flower, mint and spice flavors that glide together harmoniously into a lithe finish.”


    Recommended, Wines of the Week2011 VintageWines NorthwestChuck HillNovember 5, 2013

    "Expedition Merlot is blended with 11% Syrah and offers aromas and flavors of dark cherry and berry with notes of vanilla and pepper spice – good value! "


    88 Points2011 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2013
    Silver2015 VintageTEXSOM International Wine AwardsNovember 30, -0001

    tasting notes

    A rich garnet color, this wine shows intense aromatics of fresh, ripe raspberry and blueberry. On the palate, crushed ripe berries, vanilla and leather linger among silky smooth tannins for a pleasing and long finish.

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2016
    • Varietal Blend: 81% Merlot, 19% Syrah
    • Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
    • Vineyards: 55% The Benches, 45% Canoe Ridge Vineyard
    • Harvest Dates: October 2016
    • Oak/Stainless Details: 50% American Oak (33% New), 50% French Oak (33% New)
    • Aged: 10 Months
    • TA: 5.g3 g/L
    • pH: 3.83
    • Alcohol: 14.87%