We are pleased to offer our recently released Mike's Reserve Red as our January 2017 Wine of the Month.
Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie started the Monarch Reserve Red program in 2008, with the first release in April 2010. The idea was to give Natalie an opportunity to learn an individual grape intimately, on a small-scale level. This is the first blend named after Mike, and it uses three of his favorite grapes.
Every vintage of our Reserve Red is a little different in varietal makeup due to harvest amounts, final wine production amounts, and more. Natalie’s favorite part of winemaking is blending. This is an art form to her. For this wine, she started off with equal parts of each wine. The Cabernet, with its fantastic varietal flavors, was her favorite, so it made sense to increase it. The Malbec’s red and black berry flavors were wonderful, but overtook the other flavors, so this was decreased. After a few more tweaks, she had her blend.
25% off 12 bottles - reg. $240, sale $180
20% off 6 bottles - reg. $120, sale $96
15% off 2 bottles - reg. $40, sale $34
These 3 wines blend together beautifully, creating lush, intensely fruity, full- bodies red. The Cabernet Sauvignon brings depth and grace to the blend, with notes of black currant and tannins. The Merlot adds structure and discipline along with floral and earthy characteristics. The fruit-forward nature, chocolate, and ripe berries come from the Malbec.
About our Mikes Reserve Red
- Winemakers: Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes
- Varietal: Red Blend
- Varietal Composition: 58% 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley AVA; 22% 2015 Malbec, Ancient Lakes AVA; and 20% 2014 Merlot, Ancient Lakes AVA
- Appellation: Columbia Valley
- Designation: Reserve
- Aging: 18 months in a combination of old and new French and American oak
- Fermentation: Full primary and secondary
- Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
- Released: November 2015
- Bottled: August 31, 2016