2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes


Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley

BACKGROUND
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.

SOURCING
Familigia Vineyards, 100% Riesling

WINEMAKING
The 2019 Riesling was on the vines for almost a full month longer than the 2017 vintage, which gave the fruit tons of flavor. This wine was then 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 make it fresh and crisp.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Data: October 23, 2019 Brix: 21.6 TA: 1.02 pH: 2.9
Alc.: 10.5% RS: 2.5%
Bottled: March 19, 2020 | 420 cases | Released: October 2020

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
The intensely aromatic wine begins with aroma of red candy apple and jasmine. Flavors of pear and citrus blossom immediately greet your tongue, while golden delicious apple and a sweet minerality lingers on.

FOOD PAIRING
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

’18 Vintage Silver, Dan Berger International Wine Competition 2019
Silver, Savor NW Wine Awards 2020
89 points, Savor NW Wine Awards 2020