2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes


Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley

BACKGROUND
During Latah Creek’s thirty-four years of producing Riesling, Mike has had the opportunity to use grapes from nearly every growing region within Washington State: Pasco/Tri-Cities, Sunnyside, Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills, and most recently the Ancient Lakes AVA. Of all these areas, father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, believe the Ancient Lakes AVA consistently produces the best Riesling, thus a conversion was made to this area for all Riesling bottling’s since their first harvest there in the early 1990’s.

SOURCING
Familigia Vineyards, 100% Riesling

WINEMAKING
The 2016 vintage was back to a normal-ish harvest date. This made for fruit that was so full of flavor. 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.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Data: October 13, 2016 Brix: 22.o TA: 0.92 pH: 3.09 Alc.: 10.5% RS: 2.5%
Bottled: March 14, 2017 | 747 cases | Released: March 2017

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
The intensely aromatic wine begins with aroma of green apple, honey, and candied lemon. At first sip, you are graced with nuances of poached apple, floral, and sweet honey. Ripe pear and honeysuckle continue to linger with a crisp finish.

FOOD PAIRING
Enjoy this wine with salads, light desserts, pork, and chicken, such as Ellena’s Pork Chops with Apples and Shallots recipe published in her latest cookbook

Awards and Accolades

’15 Vintage:
Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2016
Outstanding and Best Buy, WinePress Northwest Spring 2016
Silver, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition 2016
Double Gold, Savor NW Wine Awards 2017
98 pts, Savor NW Wine Wine Awards 2017

’16 Vintage:
Silver, Cascadia Wine Competition 2017
Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2017