2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes

Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley

During Latah Creek’s thirty-four years of producing Riesling, Mike has had the opportunity to use grapes from nearly every growing region within Washington State: Pasco/Tri-Cities, Sunnyside, Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills, and most recently the Ancient Lakes AVA. Of all these areas, father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, believe the Ancient Lakes AVA consistently produces the best Riesling, thus a conversion was made to this area for all Riesling bottling’s since their first harvest there in the early 1990’s.

Familigia Vineyards, 100% Riesling

The 2017 vintage was a much cooler year than the past few years. This longer hang-time on the vine made for fruit that was so full of flavor. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A higher acid level was left in the wine to keep it from cloying, and to keep it fresh and crisp.

Harvest Data: October 5, 2017 Brix: 23.1 TA: 0.90 pH: 3.15
Alc.: 10.5% RS: 2.5%
Bottled: May 24, 2018 | 672 cases | Released: June 2018

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

The intensely aromatic wine begins with aroma of green apple, honey , and candied lemon. At first sip, you are graced with nuances of poached apple, floral, and sweet honey. Ripe pear and honeysuckle continue to linger with a crisp finish.

Enjoy this wine with salads, light desserts, pork, and chicken, such as Ellena’s Pork Chops with Apples and Shallots recipe published in her latest cookbook.

Awards and Accolades

’15 Vintage:
Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2016
Outstanding and Best Buy, WinePress Northwest Spring 2016
Silver, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition 2016
Double Gold, Savor NW Wine Awards 2017
98 pts, Savor NW Wine Wine Awards 2017

’16 Vintage:
Silver, Cascadia Wine Competition 2017
Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2017