2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes

Yakima Valley

Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, added Pinot Gris to Latah Creek’s wine family in 2010. This Italian grape grows exceptionally well here in Washington State and produces a wonderfully crisp, drier white wine. This is Ellena’s (wife/mother) favorite white wine.

80% Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, DenHoed Vineyard
20% Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, Aréte Vineyard

The wine was fermented in stainless steel at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A higher acid level was left in the wine to keep it crisp and fresh.

Harvest Data: September 5, 2016 Brix: 21.4 TA: 0.72 pH: 3.52 Alc.: 12.5% RS: 0.5 %
Bottled: January 26, 2017 | 3028 cases | Released: February 2017

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

Aromas of pear, green apple, and sweet honey pleasantly greet your nose, but once on your tongue, the off-dry wine bursts with flavors of green apple and papaya. The vividly crisp and refreshing finish leaves you wanting more.

This wine pairs perfectly with fresh seafood dishes, salads, and pork, such as Ellena’s Roasted Salmon with White Wine Sauce recipe published in her latest cookbook.

Awards and Accolades

’16 Vintage
Gold, Savor NW Wine Awards 2017
91 pts, Savor NW Wine Awards
Bronze, Seattle Wine Awards 2017