2012 Merlot Read Tasting Notes


Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley

BACKGROUND
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.

SOURCING
100% Malbec, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, Familigia Vineyard

WINEMAKING
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.

ANALYSIS
Harvest Date: October 5, 2017 Brix: 23.5 TA: o.8 pH: 3.2 Alc.: 12.5% RS: 0.9%
Bottled: May 31, 2018 | 372 cases | Released: January 2019

WINEMAKERS
Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

TASTING NOTES
This wine has all the wonderful varietal flavors of a Malbec, but in a deliciously light and fruity dry Rosé. It opens up with aromas of dragonfruit, ripe red berries, and rose hips. This well-structured wine begins on the tongue with flavors of pie cherries and raspberries, ending with gala apple nuances and a crisp acidity.

FOOD PAIRING
This wine provides an ideal accompaniment to pork, chicken, and lighter meals or picnic fare, such as Ellena’s Street Cod Tacos recipe available online at www.latahcreek.com/recipes.

Awards and Accolades

Gold, Savor NW Wine Awards 2017

Silver, Cascadia Wine Competition 2017