Januik Merlot 2020, Columbia Valley, Washington

“Our Columbia Valley Merlot includes grapes from Quintessence, Ciel du Cheval, Weinbau and Klipsun vineyards. The diversity of these well managed vineyards provide for a full range of fruit expression which allows us to craft complex, multi-layered wine true to Columbia Valley terroir as well as the varietal character of the grapes. Winemaking: After destemming and crushing, grapes were fermented on their skins in small lots for an average time of 8 days. After being pressed off, each lot of wine was moved to an equal mix of new and once used French oak barrels for 20 months of barrel
aging during which time the wine was racked every 5 months. Tasting notes: This highly textured, medium-bodied Merlot reveals layers of dark raspberry, boysenberry and cocoa notes in the nose that translate into fleshy black fruit and chocolate flavors in the mouth. Brimming with a tremendous amount of texture and length, this wine should age gracefully for a minimum of 12-15 years. Blend: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.