2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes


Yakima Valley

BACKGROUND
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.

SOURCING
100% Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, DenHoed Vineyard

WINEMAKING
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.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Data: October 2, 2017 Brix: 24.2 TA: 0.7 pH: 3.6
Alc.: 12.5% RS: 0.5 %
First Bottling: March 13, 2018 | 3,500 cases | Released: March 2018

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
The lushness of this Pinot Gris is delightful. Characteristics of white peach, meyer lemon, and nuances of honey fill all your nose and palate. The crisp acid adds a fresh balance to this wine, making it simply refreshing and utterly satisfying. This wine is wonderful by itself, but pairing it with food makes it even better.

FOOD PAIRING
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

GOLD, Cascadia International Wine Competition 2018

DOUBLE GOLD, Seattle Wine Awards 2018