2016 Pedestal Merlot - 1.5L

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2016 Pedestal Merlot - 1.5L
2016 Pedestal Merlot - 1.5L

Michel Rolland, Pomerol vintner and consultant to many of the world's top wineries, provided the vision for this limited release wine.

Like the last several growing seasons, 2016 was another hot year that required extra care in the vineyards.  Building on the success of our canopy management program over the last few vintages, we worked with growers throughout the season to encourage growth of the canes and outside foliage to protect against the sun while opening up the fruit zone for even maturation.  Warm temperatures in the fall hastened ripening, but the Columbia Valley’s cool autumn nights protected the grapes’ acidity, yielding bright, vibrant wines that will drink well in their youth but also promise to bring enjoyment to those who cellar.

Hand-harvested grapes were double-sorted before fermentation to remove any green materials that might impart harsh tannins.  Afterwards, most lots were cold soaked to build richness and flavor before undergoing whole-berry fermentation in 1,500 gallon upright wood tanks.  Oak fermenters were used to craft a big, balanced wine with well-integrated oak, fruit and notable richness on the palate.  The finished wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels, 85% new.

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95 points - Jeb Dunnuck

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Varietal Composition75% Merlot
21% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid0.58 grams/100ml
Volume1.5 liter
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