2015 King Estate Weinbau Merlot
Dark violet in the glass, the wine is fragrant with plum, blackberry, fresh tobacco leaves and anise. On the palate flavors of cassis, toast and cocoa are detected. Ripe fruit, great acidity and light drying tannins add structure and balance to this full-bodied wine.
Located in the Wahluke Slope sub-AVA of the greater Columbia Valley AVA, Weinbau's south-facing alluvial slope consists of perfectly draining soils. The vineyard experiences moderate temperatures that help elongate hang time with ideal ripening conditions. The Kennewick silt loam soils consistently impart distinct Merlot characteristics like blackberry, cocoa and ripe plum.
The fruit was cold soaked, punched down and pumped over throughout fermentation. Delestage, a process to oxygenate or aerate the wine and soften the tannins, was performed midway through fermentation. Aged 20 months in French oak, 35% new. 100% Weinbau Vineyard Merlot.
- Vintage 2015
- Varietal Merlot
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Alcohol 13.5
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