2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes


Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley

BACKGROUND

Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, love this vineyard source for their Chardonnay. The northern location gives way to cool nights, which allow sugar to mature and acid levels to stay intact. They enjoy offering an approachable Chardonnay, with just a hint of oak.

SOURCING
Familigia Vineyards, 100% Chardonnay

WINEMAKING
The 2014 Chardonnay was picked earlier than most, so the alcohol content would not be overbearing. The wine was fermented in stainless steel at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A Malolactic bacterium was added to cause secondary fermentation, giving a smooth buttery flavor. 3 months in 100% new French and American oak rounded the finish.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Data: October 3, 2014 Brix: 22.6 TA: 0.95 pH: 3.2
Alc.: 12.5% RS: 0.1 %
Bottled: August 11, 2015 | 726 cases | Released: February 2016

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barne

TASTING NOTES
Papaya and buttery characteristics flood the senses. On the tongue, lime nuances mingle with butter and tropical flavors. A crisp mouthfeel, with hints of lime and toasty oak linger with rounded finish.

FOOD PAIRING
Enjoy this wine with Fish, Seafood, Cream Sauces, and Lighter Beef Meals, such as Ellena’s Alfredo Pasta recipe – published in her latest cookbook.

Awards and Accolades

’14 Vintage
Silver, Savor NW Wine Awards, 2016
Bronze, Cascadia Wine Competition 2016