2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes

Yakima Valley

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.

100% Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, DenHoed Vineyard

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.

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

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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.

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, Dan Berger International Wine Competition 2019
DOUBLE GOLD, WinePress Northwest Platinum Awards 2020