2012 Latah Creek Merlot

2012 Latah Creek Merlot
2012 Latah Creek Merlot

BACKGROUND

Mike has sourced grapes from the Wahluke Slope since Latah Creek’s beginnings in 1982. This is his favorite appellation to grow their red varieties because the warmth and the rocky soils create an environment for small, concentrated grapes, which equates to amazing flavor.

WINEMAKING

The 2012 vintage is being heralded as one of the best growing seasons for red varieties. This is evident in Latah Creek’s 2012 Merlot. It is Mike and Natalie’s winemaking style to produce red wines with a lower alcohol content (12.5%-13.5%). They believe that this allows the varietal characteristics to shine, producing a fruit-forward and balanced wine. The wine went through a secondary fermentation, increasing its smooth mouthfeel, and 12 months in a combination of French and American oak to soften the edges.

TASTING NOTES

The lushness of this deeply colored wine is immediate. The nose gently graces you with plum, cassis, and toasty oak nuances. Smooth velvety tannins laced with cigar tobacco, and toasty oak flavors take over your mouth and remain long after the wine is swallowed. A balanced acidity keeps this wine light, fresh, and enjoyable everyday.

FOOD PAIRING

Enjoy this wine with meats, grilled vegetables, and hearty red sauce pastas, such as Ellena’s Fabulous Spaghetti Sauce recipe in her latest cookbook.

 

 

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2012
VarietalMerlot
Varietal Composition100% Merlot
AppellationWahluke Slope
VineyardFries Vineyard
Harvest Date09/25/2012
Sugar24.5
Acid0.75
PH3.63
Aging12 months in 100% new French and American oak
Fermentationfull primary and secondary
Residual Sugar0.0%
Alcohol12.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/11/2014

Bronze, Savor NW Wine Awards 2015

Bronze, Seattle Wine Awards 2016

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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