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    Acclaim

    90 Points 2014 VintageJamesSuckling.comJames SucklingMay 1, 2018
    89 Points2012 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 1, 2015

    “Lithe and expressive, medium weight and refined, with red berry and floral flavors. Shows hints of wet earth as the finish comes together smoothly.”


    Reserve Merlot- 90 points2011 VintageWine Enthusiast, Tasting PanelNovember 1, 2014
    88 Points2010 VintageSnooth.comGregory Dal PiazMarch 6, 2014

    Smoky oak and a bit of dark fruit op on the nose followed by carob, a hint of truffle, and green coffee bean accents. Round on entry, this firms up nicely in the mouth. A touch of green herb frames the core of black plum and blackberry, currant fruit, with a hint of espresso foam adding some complexity. This has a lovely texture, firm, structured and long, and a very pretty nose with red fruit that begins to emerge on the palate.


    Recommended2010 VintageSante MagazineNovember 1, 2013
    91 Points2010 VintageInternational Wine ReviewOctober 1, 2013

    Dark ruby. The Merlot Reserve
    shows a lovely, perfumed nose of dark red fruit with
    hints of blueberries and minerals. The refined palate has a
    velvet feel to it and good depth of ripe, dark fruit. The wine
    is big and full and very nicely structured.


    tasting notes

    Plum aromas lead to seductive deep raspberry, currant and hibiscus tea flavors, finishing with smooth and refine tannins.

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2014
    • Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
    • Grape Source: 96% Canoe Ridge (Merlot and Cabernet Franc), 4% Wallula (Syrah)
    • Varietal Blend: 91% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Syrah
    • Harvest Date: October 2014
    • Yeast: RC212
    • Oak: French oak 45% new
    • Aged: 20 Months
    • TA: 6.5 g/L
    • pH: 3.55
    • Alcohol: 14.73%