2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes


Rattlesnake Hills

BACKGROUND
Muscat Canelli has always been Mike’s favorite grape varietal. Its intense fruit characters are second to none and its versatility with food is unmatched. But while traveling in the Piedmonte region of Northern Italy, Ellena and Mike discovered Moscato. A Muscat, only finished sweeter, with less alcohol. Unlike a late harvest, though, it is harvested at regular times, so the wine is not cloying, is fresh on the palate, usually with a slight spritz. The quality of the Muscat grape grown here in the Pacific Northwest gives father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, the ability to produce an exceptional Washington State Moscato.

SOURCING
Hyatt Vineyard, 100% Muscat Canelli

WINEMAKING
The 2015 vintage was the earliest harvest and shortest harvest ever for Mike and Natalie. The Muscat Canelli was the first grapes harvested, which was 3-4 weeks ahead of “normal”. Mike and Natalie were surprised with the intensity of fruit in the grapes, expecting less because of the quick ripening. When the Muscat Canelli is fermenting, Mike and Natalie remove a portion of the juice when it reaches 10% RS. This then becomes the Moscato, while the rest becomes their Muscat Canelli. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A higher acid level was left in the wine to keep it from cloying, and to keep it fresh and crisp. The wine temperature never gets above 38 degrees, which keeps the CO2, made during fermentation, from dissipating.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Data: August 30, 2015 Brix: 24.8 TA: 0.75 pH: 3.88 Alc.: 6% RS: 10.0%
Bottled: January 29, 2016 | 294 cases | Released: Summer 2016

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
Perfume, floral, lychee and minerality aromas intoxicate your nose. Sweet honeydew, spun sugar, pineapple, and honeysuckle flood the mouth, while minerality, florals, and fresh pineapple juice linger. A crisp acid keeps the wine from cloying.

FOOD PAIRING
Enjoy this wine well chilled as an aperitif, with a fruit and cheese platter, or brunch food, such as Ellena’s Dutch Apple Pancake recipe published in her latest cookbook.

Awards and Accolades

’15 Vintage:

Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2016
Chairman’s Award & Best of Class, Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition 2016