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Three Rivers Meritage White Blend 2002

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Vintage The 2002 vintage started with a cool spring leading to above average temperatures in July and August. The midsummer heat advanced ripening into the beginning of September when temperatures moderated and became ideal harvest weather. Moderate day temperatures and cool nights allowed ample “hang time” for the flavors to develop. Vineyards The grapes for the 2002 vintage of our Meritage White Wine blend come from Klipsun Vineyard, located in the Red Mountain Appellation. This spectacular vineyard is owned and managed by the highly respected Patricia Gelles. The harvest date for the Sauvignon Blanc was September 20th. The Semillon was harvested September 23rd. Fermentation & Aging The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon used in the Meritage White Wine blend was pressed whole cluster to preserve the integrity of the fruit. It was then barrel fermented in 100% french oak and allowed to sur-lie age for 10 months, giving the wine its round mouthfeel. Primary fermentation took approximately thirty days to complete and was conducted in a relatively cool environment (55˚ F), which helps the wine to retain its fruity characteristics. Appellation: Columbia Valley Blend: Sauvignon Blanc – 76% Semillon – 24% Harvest Brix: 24.0 Average Final pH: 3.34 Total Acid: 0.57 g/100ml Alcohol: 14.3% by volume

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Three Rivers Winery:
Three Rivers Winery is a destination winery located just west of Walla Walla, Washington in the Columbia Valley wine country. Our award-winning white and red wines are sourced from established vineyards and famed appellations from across Washington State. Visit Three Rivers Winery for a wine tasting and winery tour. And buy Three Rivers wine online or in our onsite gift shop. Why Three Rivers... Read more
Three Rivers Winery is a destination winery located just west of Walla Walla, Washington in the Columbia Valley wine country. Our award-winning white and red wines are sourced from established vineyards and famed appellations from across Washington State. Visit Three Rivers Winery for a wine tasting and winery tour. And buy Three Rivers wine online or in our onsite gift shop. Why Three Rivers? The name Three Rivers represents the three most prominent rivers in the appellations from which our winery sources its grapes-the Columbia, Snake, and Walla Walla Rivers. The Winery. In 1999, owners of Three Rivers Winery broke ground on the 16-acre site that is now home to our 18,000 sq. ft. facility. Set atop a small knoll overlooking the surrounding vineyards and Mill Creek, the winery features stunning views of the Blue Mountains in the distance and the nearby Whitman Mission. Inside, the winery includes two distinct areas: a 14,000 sq. ft. cellar and barrel room used for the production and storage of fine wines, and a 4,000 sq. ft. tasting room, meeting room, and wine retail store open to the public. In addition, the winery features three short holes of golf for winery guests. The interior design of the building blends a rustic feel into the contemporary structure, with vaulted ceilings and exposed timber trusses. The meeting room accommodates up to 75 people for business meetings and other group functions, and is available to rent. In the adjacent tasting room and retail space, winery visitors can taste and purchase Three Rivers' wine and related merchandise, or simply relax next to one of the stone hearth fireplaces-one inside and the other outside on the spacious deck. Read less

Vintage The 2002 vintage started with a cool spring leading to above average temperatures in July and August. The midsummer heat advanced ripening into the beginning of September when temperatures moderated and became ideal harvest weather. Moderate day temperatures and cool nights allowed ample “hang time” for the flavors to develop. Vineyards The grapes for the 2002 vintage of our Meritage White Wine blend come from Klipsun Vineyard, located in the Red Mountain Appellation. This spectacular vineyard is owned and managed by the highly respected Patricia Gelles. The harvest date for the Sauvignon Blanc was September 20th. The Semillon was harvested September 23rd. Fermentation & Aging The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon used in the Meritage White Wine blend was pressed whole cluster to preserve the integrity of the fruit. It was then barrel fermented in 100% french oak and allowed to sur-lie age for 10 months, giving the wine its round mouthfeel. Primary fermentation took approximately thirty days to complete and was conducted in a relatively cool environment (55˚ F), which helps the wine to retain its fruity characteristics. Appellation: Columbia Valley Blend: Sauvignon Blanc – 76% Semillon – 24% Harvest Brix: 24.0 Average Final pH: 3.34 Total Acid: 0.57 g/100ml Alcohol: 14.3% by volume

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