This Merlot is bold and intense. Aromas of ripe, jammy dark fruit fill the nose, followed by layers of tobacco and sage. Ripe tannins fill the palate and lead to a lengthy, yet focused finish.
Blend: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity 0.56 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 15.5%
Barrel Aging: 19 months in 85% new French oak barrels.
Fermentaion: Initial fermentation occurred in a mixture of concrete, oak and stainless steel tanks.
The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington.
Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest.
Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region.
Meticulously hand-crafted in our Petit Chai – a “winery-within-a-winery” – our Reserve wines represent the pinnacle of winemaking at Columbia Crest. Sourced from premier vineyard sites, less than one percent of the finest grape yields will qualify for our Reserve program, and these wines receive the same hands-on care and attention-to-detail associated with the world’s most exclusive boutique wineries.