Horse Heaven Hills
2016 started out very much like 2015 with an unusually warm winter and early spring that led to the earliest bloom on record. By mid-May we estimated we were a good 2 weeks ahead of average and the sun kept shining! At this rate we anticipated 2016 would surpass the total heat units of 2015. However, by June the temperatures cooled to our usual range and progressed beautifully until harvest time. The Merlot was harvested on September 8th. The wines have intense flavors, beautiful color & excellent balance.
The 2016 Horse Heaven Hills Merlot is 100% Merlot. The fruit was sourced from our vines at Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch in Horse Heaven Hills. It was aged in 100% used French oak for 23 months. The ideal consumption is 5 to 7 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 10 years. The alcohol by volume is 14%. It was bottled July 2018.