2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes

Columbia Valley


Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie started their Reserve Red program in 2008, with the first release in April 2010. The idea was to give Natalie an opportunity to learn an individual grape intimately, on a small-scale level. She also wanted to produce small-lot, high-quality wines, and be able to change the varietal as she wants. A favorite has been Primitivo and Petite Sirah. This is their first Cabernet Sauvignon under the Reserve label.


Mike had made a Cabernet Sauvignon since Latah Creek’s beginnings in 1982 until 2001. The grape had become so popular for every winery in the state, he chose to focus his red wines on blends and new-to-the-scene grapes. After 13 years of missing Cabs, Mike and Natalie chose to bring back the always smooth and fruity variety, but in a small-lot fashion under their reserve label. This Cabernet is everything you could hope for in a Washington State Cab; dark, inky color, smooth tannins, graceful oak, and fruit-forward. Enjoy Latah Creek’s latest Reserve Release.


The varietal characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon are seen immediately in this wine with ripe dark berries, cocoa, and fresh vanilla bean aromas greeting your nose. Ripe plum, black currant, and fine cigar tobacco mingle together leaving a mouthful of dark chocolate, cherry, and oak tannin lingering long after the wine is swallowed.


Enjoy this wine with beef, lamb, or any intensely-flavored entrée such as Ellena’s Osso Bucco recipe in her latest cookbook.

Awards and Accolades

Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2017