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We Speak Wine USD 9.99 750ml

14 Hands Merlot 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

THE VINTAGE • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region. WINEMAKING • Grapes were sourced from vineyards throughout eastern Washington, including the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope and other parts of the Columbia Valley. • The wine was aged for approximately 12 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels to build structure and soften the blend. • Each variety was fermented and aged separately with blending occurring just weeks before bottling. FLAVOR PROFILE This round, structured Merlot is packed with rich flavors and aromas of blackberry, plum, cherry and mocha. Balanced in style, the wine is soft, approachable and food friendly. - Keith Kenison, Winemaker Blend: 95% Merlot 3% Syrah 2% other select varieties Alcohol: 13.5% Total Acidity: 0.51 g/100ml pH: 3.74

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Winery: Columbia Crest
Varietal: Merlot
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Columbia Crest:
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.

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Source: We Speak Wine
01/30/2018

THE VINTAGE • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region. WINEMAKING • Grapes were sourced from vineyards throughout eastern Washington, including the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope and other parts of the Columbia Valley. • The wine was aged for approximately 12 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels to build structure and soften the blend. • Each variety was fermented and aged separately with blending occurring just weeks before bottling. FLAVOR PROFILE This round, structured Merlot is packed with rich flavors and aromas of blackberry, plum, cherry and mocha. Balanced in style, the wine is soft, approachable and food friendly. - Keith Kenison, Winemaker Blend: 95% Merlot 3% Syrah 2% other select varieties Alcohol: 13.5% Total Acidity: 0.51 g/100ml pH: 3.74



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