Badger Mountain NSA Organic Merlot 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington

Visionary and life-long farmer Bill Powers planted Badger Mountain Vineyard with his son Greg in 1982. Just six years later, well-before the word organic became trendy and then universal, Bill transitioned his 80-acre estate to organic viticulture and in 1990 Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first Certified Organic winegrape vineyard in Washington State. Produced in the premiere Columbia Valley AVA, Badger Mountain Wines benefit from an ideal location and climate, deep volcanic soil, and organic production from vine to bottle. Badger Mountain N.S.A. wines (No Sulfites Added) are USDA Organic Certified. 2015 vintage – 100% Merlot, 69% Wahluke Slope, 31% Columbia Valley. All the lots were fermented in upright stainless steel fermenters with a touch of French oak. Bright aromas of Marion berries, Bing cherries, currant, and a touch of vanilla Crème Brûlée on the nose lead into a nice richness on the palate. Fresh fruit notes and youthful flavors of blackberries, pomegranate, and cocoa with a touch of herb and tobacco, this Merlot has a great finish that is balanced with medium tannins and a nice touch of acidity.