Bergevin Lane "Wild Child" Merlot 2013, Stone Street Vineyard, Wahluke Slope, Washington

Established in 2002 by two friends pursuing a shared dream. Bergevin Lane Winery nurtures wines that embody the truly unique environment of Walla Walla, Columbia and Yakima Valleys and the distinct single vineyards from where the rich terrestrial wines come from. The northerly latitude provides for an extended growing season with long sunshine filled days balanced by cool evening temperatures. This allows grapes to develop flavor and complexity slowly, while retaining natural acidity. Complex soils composed of loam, silt, loess and cobbles offer perfect drainage. 2013 “Wild Child” Merlot: 100% Merlot (95% Stone Tree Vineyards – Wahluke Slope, 5% Bergevin Springs Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley). Aromas of blackberry and cherry sail out, straight to the heart. Dark purple flavors lead to a smooth, silky package of plum, black cherry, blueberry and blackberry that lasts on the palate. Bright cherry, blackberry and cocoa powder are featured on the forever and beyond finish. 350 cases were made. Hand Harvested grapes, carefully sorted and De-stemmed with no crushing, and gravity fed into 4 and 1/2 ton fermenters. Our standard fermentation lasts 30 days, after which the free run wine is separated from the press fraction. Ageing occurs in 228 liter French, American and Eastern European barrels for 18 months.