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2016 Merlot

2016 Merlot
2016 Merlot
Tasting notes

Ripe, generous deep blueberry fruit is framed by an enticing, savory aroma of tea leaf, tobacco, herbs and a hint of cardamom. Bright blueberry and chocolate dominate the playful front and dense mid-palate, accompanied by notes of caramel and loose tobacco on the sultry and prolonged finish.

Production notes

All Watermill wines are hand picked late in seasons for maximum ripeness. They are then gently pressed in small volumes and undergo inoculated fermentation in 1 to 1.5 ton small lot fermenters. The wine sits on the skins for more than two weeks where it undergoes additional maceration through punch downs and pump overs for color and tannin integration before being transferred to barrel. All reds age for between 12 and 16 months in a combination of new and neutral medium toast French and American oak before bottling.

Other notes

The varietal that Walla Walla was founded on and still rivals the world in terms of quality. Merlot is a grape that despite having fallen out of favor over the past 14 years still holds its own in a blind comparison of quality and complexity regardless of competition.

Vintage2016
VarietalMerlot
Varietal Composition95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardWatermill Estate Vineyard, Cali Vineyard
Aging12 months 35% New French Oak, 65% Neutral French Oak
Alcohol14.00%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced221
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