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14 Hands Merlot 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

Classic Washington aromas of blackberries and dark stone fruits. Blackberries are repeated on the palate with notes of cherries and spice. While soft and luxurious in the mouth, this wine has a firm backbone of tannins.

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Snooth User: Liz3187
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5.00 5
11/15/2013

Five glasses


External Reviews for 14 Hands Merlot

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/01/2013

Flavor Profile:14 Hands Merlot begins with distinctive aromas of dark fruits, baking spice and earth which are typical of the variety when grown in Washington. Subtle flavors of boysenberry, pie crust and allspice, surrounding a bright cherry core, are supported by a framework of supple tannins and culminate with a lengthy, lush finish. - Keith Kenison, WinemakerBlend:78% Merlot11% Syrah9% Cabernet Sauvignon2% other premium red varietiesAppellation: Washington stateAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.52g/100mlpH: 3.67


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
06/20/2012

14 Hands Merlot offers classic Washington aromas of blackberries, plums and black cherries. Expressive flavors of berries and cherries are joined by subtle nuances of mocha and spice.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

FLAVOR PROFILE:This 14 Hands Merlot displays aromas of dark stone fruits and cherries with subtle notes of herbs. On the palate, flavors of plum, black cherry, blackberries and spice are complemented by soft, polished tannins. - Keith Kenison, WinemakerTHE VINTAGE: The 2012 vintage was fairly typical for eastern Washington and a much welcomed change from the cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages. Bud break started a little earlier than normal but cooler temperatures through the early summer delayed veraison slightly. A warming trend began in late July and dry conditions through mid-October were ideal for fruit ripening.WINEMAKING: Grapes were sourced from vineyards throughout eastern Washington, including the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and other parts of the Columbia Valley. The wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels to build structure and soften the blend. Small portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre & Petit Verdot were blended in to enhance complexity. Each variety was vinified and aged separately. Blending occurred just weeks before bottling. A light filtration ensures freshness and stability.RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS:BBQ ribs, grilled tri-tip, burgers, pasta marinaraBlend: 92% Merlot8% other select varietiesAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.51g/100mlpH: 3.68


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Soft and immediately accessible, this offers reliable and seductive flavors of vanilla and coffee cream, with light raspberry fruit at the center. It’s clean and ready for immediate enjoyment.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Fresh and expressive, a bit raw yet juicy, with black currant and blueberry flavors shaded with notes of toast and peach fuzz as the finish persists. Best after 2016.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/17/2013

Flavor Profile:14 Hands Merlot begins with distinctive aromas of dark fruits, baking spice and earth which are typical of the variety when grown in Washington. Subtle flavors of boysenberry, pie crust and allspice, surrounding a bright cherry core, are supported by a framework of supple tannins and culminate with a lengthy, lush finish. - Keith Kenison, WinemakerBlend:78% Merlot11% Syrah9% Cabernet Sauvignon2% other premium red varietiesAppellation: Washington stateAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.52g/100mlpH: 3.67 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/19/2015

FLAVOR PROFILE: This 14 Hands Merlot displays aromas of dark stone fruits and cherries with subtle notes of herbs. On the palate, flavors of plum, black cherry, blackberries and spice are complemented by soft, polished tannins. - Keith Kenison, Winemaker THE VINTAGE: • The 2012 vintage was fairly typical for eastern Washington and a much welcomed change from the cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages. • Bud break started a little earlier than normal but cooler temperatures through the early summer delayed veraison slightly. • A warming trend began in late July and dry conditions through mid-October were ideal for fruit ripening. WINEMAKING: • Grapes were sourced from vineyards throughout eastern Washington, including the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and other parts of the Columbia Valley. • The wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels to build structure and soften the blend. • Small portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre & Petit Verdot were blended in to enhance complexity. • Each variety was vinified and aged separately. Blending occurred just weeks before bottling. • A light filtration ensures freshness and stability. RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: BBQ ribs, grilled tri-tip, burgers, pasta marinara Blend: 92% Merlot 8% other select varieties Alcohol: 13.5% Total Acidity: 0.51g/100ml pH: 3.68



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Classic Washington aromas of blackberries and dark stone fruits. Blackberries are repeated on the palate with notes of cherries and spice. While soft and luxurious in the mouth, this wine has a firm backbone of tannins.

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