2012 Merlot

Wahluke Slope AVA

“Never heard of it; what is it?” you might ask. It is often called “the lost grape of Bordeaux” and was part of the original Bordeaux blend. Unfortunately, when almost all of Europe’s vines were destroyed in the 1880s phylloxera disease attack, Carmenère was unable to be replanted.

Fortunately, vines had already been spread to several parts of the world, allowing the grape to not become extinct. Bottom line – this grape is not widely grown, which is why you may never have heard of it before. Which is also, why when our grape grower asked us if we’d like to take some grapes off his hands for the 2015 vintage, we leaped at the opportunity! So, savor this wine, as it may be our one and only Carmenère.


This dark, ink-colored wine opens up with aromas of freshly cracked peppercorns and dried plums. Red berry and black pepper flavors with a hint of smoke flood your mouth, while barrel, dried herbs, and spice nuances linger.


Enjoy this wine with all chicken, beef, and pork recipes, such as Ellena’s Hungarian Chicken and Rice recipe.

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