2018

Merlot

Estate Double River Vineyard

I’ve always had a great respect for Merlot, acknowledging the beauty, finesse and elegance of the varietal. My winemaking approach at Basel has always leaned towards allowing the grapes to express true and distinct varietal qualities, especially our Merlot. Only the most pronounced barrels from our high-tier block at Double River Vineyard were selected for this special release. Fruit from Block 6was hand-picked early in the morning of September 26, 2018, gently processed and gravity fed into 1.5 ton stainless steel fermentation bins. Slow, controlled fermentation paved the way for an elegant yet structured wine, with a clear sense of identity. Primary fermentation finished in barrel to retain freshness and vibrancy, while integrating vivid fruit with forgiving French oak. We aged our estate Merlot for 20 months, and only introduced 25% new oak to showcase absolute varietal characteristics.

The youthful aroma exhibits vibrant notes of raspberry, rhubarb and red Jolly Rancher. Warmer tones such as baked apple pie, sweet tobacco and toasty cedar complement and support the beautiful red fruit. The initial entry is soft and supple, with an outburst of bright layers of fruit lingering in the mid-palate. The tannin profile is soft and round, providing excellent balance to the wine. The ample acidity is woven seamlessly together with ripe, brambly fruits, making this a noteworthy food wine. Our Merlot can easily be enjoyed with the perfect meal at this time, but will also gracefully age in your cellar for another 7-10 years. Grilled pasture raised chicken with cherry sauce, filet mignon, a soft brie or grilled venison will complement this wine.
Enjoy!
$50
Wine Club
$40

Varieties

100% Merlot

Vineyards

Double River Vineyard

Appellation

Walla Walla Valley

Oak

100% French Oak
25% New
20 Months

Alcohol

15.3%

Production

211
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