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2017 Estate Merlot

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2017 Estate Merlot
2017 Estate Merlot

The varietal that Walla Walla was founded on and still rivals the world in terms of quality. Merlot holds its own in both quality and complexity in the wide wine world and we're proud to present our latest bottling of this noble grape.

91pts - Wine Spectator

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.

Varietal Composition95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardAnna Marie Estate Vineyard, McClellan Estate, Dugger Creek Estate Vineyard
Aging11 months 50% New French Oak, 50% Neutral French Oak
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced323
"Score: 91 | Graceful and elegantly layered, with expressive red currant and green tea flavors that take on richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2023. 300 cases made."
—Tim FIsh, Wine Spectator, Sep 16, 2019
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