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
Interestingly, Pinot Gris grapes turn pink as they ripen, therefore, the resultant juice is actually blush-colored. Most of the time, though, this color fades during fermentation and cold- and heat-stabilization. But the 2018 vintage became the first vintage where the wine was left with a slightly pink hue. 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: September 13, 2018 Brix: 20.1 TA: 0.54 pH: 3.42 Alc.: 13.0% RS: 0.1 %
Bottled: April 16, 2019 | 3,155 cases | Released: May 2019

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
Our award-wining Pinot Gris is consistently one of the best in the state. Aromas of golden pear, green apple, and nuances of fresh sweet herbs pleasantly greet your nose, but once on your tongue, the off-dry wine bursts with flavors of green apple and papaya. The vividly crisp and refreshing finish leaves you wanting more.

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