2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes

Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley


Father/daughter winemaking team, Mike and Natalie, have made several rosés in the past, but they were bottled under the Spokane Blush label. They have wanted to do this for some time but didn’t because they lacked a consistent source of red grapes to devote to a Rosé program. That has changed as Mike and Natalie have expanded their grape contracts with vineyards in the Ancient Lakes AVA to include additional tonnages of both Malbec and Merlot.


95% Malbec, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, Familigia Vineyard 5% Muscat Canelli, Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Hyatt Vineyard


For this vintage, the berries were really heavy so the amount of juice per berry was higher than normal. The juice was then left on the skins for 3 hours to get a bit of color. Mike and Natalie then fermented the wine as they would their white wines; cold fermentation, which is around 45o-50o. Before bottling, a touch of Muscat Canelli was added to soften the edges.


Harvest Date: September 19, 2016 Brix: 24.0 TA: o.74 pH: 3.26 Alc.: 12.5% RS: 0.9%
Bottled: February 2, 2017 | 496 cases | Released: February 2017


Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes


This rosé opens up with aromas of dragonfruit, ripe red berries, and rose hips. The well-structured wine starts with flavors of pie cherries, and raspberries, ending with Gala apple nuances and a crisp acidity.


This wine provides an ideal accompaniment to lighter meals and picnic fare, such as Ellena’s Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders recipe in her latest cookbook.

Awards and Accolades

Gold, Savor NW Wine Awards 2017

Silver, Cascadia Wine Competition 2017