• Reserve Merlot



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

    “Lithe and expressive, with blackberry, licorice and black olive flavors on a sleek frame, persisting as the soft tannins wrap around the finish.”

    91 Points2011 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 31, 2014

    “The cinnamon-accented red berry flavors play against meaty notes in this taut, juicy red, with a lingering finish. Has presence and persistence.” -Harvey Steiman

    90 Points2010 VintageInternational Wine ReviewOctober 1, 2013

    A delicious wine showing purity of ripe
    fruit on the nose and good weight on the palate. A dark
    chocolate note adds to the complexity.

    91 Points, Smart Buy, Top 100 Wines of 20132009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2012

    Supple, vibrant and distinctive for the white pepper and mascarpone notes weaving through the refreshing plum and currant fruit. Lingers impressively with gentle intensity. Drink now through 2015. 4,800 cases made.-H.S.

    92 Points, Top 100 Wine (#46), Smart Buy2007 VintageWine SpectatorDecember 1, 2010
    92 Points, Smart Buy2007 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2010

    "Ripe, pure, focused and beguiling for its balance, offering blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit at the core, layered wtih hints of red pepper, clove and peach fuzz as the finish extends extraordinarily well." - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

    Excellent2007 VintageWine Press NorthwestMarch 25, 2010

    "It's beautifully balanced and should only get better." - Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2010

    90 Points2006 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttJune 15, 2009"An outstanding example of Washington Merlot."
    91 Points, Top Value2006 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanMay 1, 2009

    "Polished in texture, this is balanced well to show expressive currant, blueberry and coffee flavors, lingering beautifully." - Harvey Steiman, July 30, 2009 In his Washington report, Steiman also writes, "WHEN IT COMES TO FINE RED WINES AT FAIR PRICES, WASHINGTON EXCELS. It's Cabernet Sauvignons are rich in pure fruit flavors and Merlot remains a sold performer. Best of all in these turbulent times, you can explore terrific versions of all these varieties for $30 a bottle or less." Â

    Gold Medal2006 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionJanuary 9, 2009
    Outstanding2005 VintageWine Press NorthwestOctober 1, 2008
    90 Points2005 VintageWine Spectator Harvey SteimanJune 1, 2008
    Gold Medal2005 Vintage2008 L.A. International Wine CompetitionJune 1, 2008
    Outstanding Merlot2005 VintageSeattle Wine AwardsJune 1, 2008
    Gold Medal2005 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition January 31, 2008
    90 Points2010 VintageThe Tasting PanelAnthony Dias BlueNovember 30, -0001

    Smooth and ripe with sweet raspberry and plum; juicy, tangy and balanced; elegant and lush with a long, mellow finish.

    92 Points2013 VintageWine & SpiritsNovember 30, -0001

    tasting notes

    Sweet and oaky aromatics with vanilla and burnt sugar fill the nose. A silky and weighted body features tanned leather and ripe but not overly sweet flavors of red plum, cherry and anise. The lingering finish showcases round tannins, toasty oak, allspice and boysenberry.

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2014
    • Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot
    • Appellation: Columbia Valley
    • Alcohol: 13.89%
    • TA: 5.6 g/L
    • pH: 3.68
    • RS: 0.63 g/L
    • ML: 100%
    • Fining: None
    • Vineyards: Mirage and Blackrock
    • Oak: 28% New AO, 5% new FO, balance to 2nd-5th use oak
    • Harvest Date: September 18-22, 2014
    • Bottle Date: June 15-16, 2016