2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes


Columbia Valley

BACKGROUND
This wine was inspired by Ellena and her best friend Janna, as it was their go- to “wine-time” treat. Each would keep wine glasses ready and chilled in the freezer in preparation for their special Chardonnay and Pinot Gris concoction. So, we created this blend to honor not only their relationship, but also all best friends everywhere: they are hard to come by, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.

SOURCING
65% Chardonnay, Familigia Vineyards, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
35% Pinot Gris, DenHoed Vineyards, Yakima Valley

WINEMAKING
Ellena and Janna were never exact in their wine concoction, but it was always mostly Chardonnay, with a bit of Pinot Gris to add a little crisp, fresh mouthfeel. My dad and I did blending trials with my mom, and she chose what she liked the best. So this is truly her blend, in her style. We hope that you feel how much love was put into this wine, and enjoy it with your best friend!

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
The light and fresh character of the Pinot Gris harmoniously blends with the Chardonnay’s well-rounded and buttery finish.

FOOD PAIRING
Enjoy this wine with Fish, Seafood, Cream Sauces, Salads, Pork, and Lighter Beef Meals. Try Ellena’s Fettuccine Alfredo recipe published in her latest cookbook, available for sale at the winery.

Awards and Accolades

’18 Vintage:
GOLD, Savor NW Wine Awards 2020
93 points, Savor NW Wine Awards 2020

’19 Vintage:
Silver, Dan Berger International Wine Competition 2020
DOUBLE GOLD, Wine Press Northwest Platinum Awards 2020

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