2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes

Wahluke Slope AVA

“Never heard of it; what is it?” you might ask. It is often called “the lost grape of Bordeaux” and was part of the original Bordeaux blend. Unfortunately, when almost all of Europe’s vines were destroyed in the 1880s phylloxera disease attack, Carmenère was unable to be replanted. Fortunately, vines had already been spread to several parts of the world, allowing the grape to not become extinct. Bottom line – this grape is not widely grown, which is why you may never have heard of it before. Which is also, why when Mike and Natalie’s grape grower asked if they’d like to take some grapes off his hands for the 2015 vintage, they leaped at the opportunity! So, savor this wine, as it may be Latah Creek’s one and only Carmenère.

95% Carmenère, Wahluke Slope, Fries Vineyard
5% Malbec, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, Familigia Vineyard

Mike and Natalie love to create wines that allow the varietal characteristics to shine, producing a fruit-forward and balanced wine. This wine went through a secondary fermentation, increasing its smooth mouthfeel, and 12 months in a combination of French and American oak to soften the edges.

Alc.: 12.5%
Bottled: August 11, 2017 | 315 cases | Released: November 2017

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

This dark, ink-colored wine opens up with aromas of freshly cracked peppercorns and dried plums. Red berry and black pepper flavors with a hint of smoke flood your mouth, while barrel, dried herbs, and spice nuances linger.

Enjoy this wine with all chicken, beef, and pork recipes, such as Ellena’s Hungarian Chicken and Rice recipe.

Awards and Accolades

GOLD, Savor NW Wine Awards 2018
GOLD, Cascadia International Wine Competition 2018
Silver, Seattle Wine Awards 2018