KAMIAK VINEYARD – Columbia Valley
• COMPOSITION: 100% Merlot
• FERMENTATION: 100% French and American oak barrels
• PH: 3.74
• TA: 6.0 g/l
• ALCOHOL: 13.9%
• BOTTLED: September 2016
• PRODUCTION: 263 Cases
Hot and uneventful describes the 2014 growing season, just the way we like it. 2014 kicked off with a mild late winter rolling into a pleasant warm spring with very few frost events. Bud break occurred about the 10th of April, a little early but not unusual, and from there we were off to the races. Heat built quick with a much warmer than average late spring and stayed hot into mid-September. This set us up to declare 2014 the hottest vintage in our 30+ years farming along the Snake River. Harvest started with Chardonnay on September 10th, just as the heat of summer was transitioning to a mild Fall, and by November 10th the last of the red fruit was in the door. From there winter came charging in and on November 15th the temperature had dipped into the low double digits and we were harvesting frozen clusters of Gewürztraminer for ice wine.
The beautiful shades of dark cherry are the first thing one notices about this wine. Lovely aromas of cherry, almond, vanilla and cedar waft from the glass. The velvety mouthfeel of this wine enhances the flavors of wild strawberry, currant, hazelnuts and sage. The fine-grained tannins integrate nicely with the lively acidity for a well-balanced palate. Lingering flavors of burnt orange peel and tobacco smoke linger on and on. Enjoy this wine with your favorite grilled red meats, dark chocolate and that certain someone special. Cheers!