2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes

This wonderfully sweet wine was first released back in 2004 and marked the first winemaking collaboration between Mike and his daughter Natalie. This was also Latah Creek’s first venture into the world of red dessert wines. During a trip to Italy the year before, Ellena and Mike discovered the marvelous Recioto wines of Northern Italy and it was decided right then that a similar wine was needed at Latah Creek. So upon their return, Natalie and Mike made plans for producing the “Porto-styled” wine from the upcoming 2003 harvest. After fermentation they took 6 barrels of their 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and blended it with unfermented Cabernet juice held back. The resultant wine was exactly what they had wanted and was released to rave customer reviews here at the winery. This first release sold out much more quickly than was anticipated and was gone in just 6 months. Because of this wine’s limited production and reserve quality, it is now part of the Monarch Series Reserve Reds line-up.

The aroma in the glass brings the sensation of pepper while bright berries and plums linger in your mouth long after the wine has been swallowed..

As always, this wine is very limited with only 165 cases being produced.

Awards and Accolades

’06 Vintage – Excellent, Wine Press Northwest Magazine

“The third vintage of this father/daughter collaboration in Spokane, its inspiration comes from the Recioto dessert wines of northern Italy. In this instance, finished wine is blended with unfermented juice, and the aromas hint at a bowl of Cocoa Puffs cereal, as well as cordial cherry, vanilla extract and bacon. The drink is bold yet charming with flavors of strawberry jam and blackberries with a bite of the seed for tannin. The Conways left its sugar at 10%, so try this with strawberry cheesecake”

‘10 Vintage – Silver, Savor NW Wine Awards 2014

‘10 Vintage – Bronze, Great Northwest Wine Awards 2014

Winemaking Notes

Winemakers Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes
Blend 100% Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Syrah juice blended with finished Syrah wine
Yeast Prie de Mouse and French Red
Oak Aging 16 months in a combination of new and used French and American Oak
Alcohol 12.5 % by volume
Residual Sugar 10% by volume
Bottled / Production June 23, 2013 | 165 cases
Released November 2013
Food Pairing Serve by itself, along side dark chocolate, or a strong cheese and fruit platter

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