12 hours on the skins, barrel fermented, aged in neutral oak for 6 months.
Conley's high elevation (average 1600') growing conditions yield berries with thicker skins, producing intensely flavored wines. The vineyard soil is dense, rocky, sandy, and hardpan, with not much topsoil, translating to wines notable for their mineral characteristics.
The 2013 Merlot is sourced from our two estate vineyards, Stonemarker and Pheasant Run. Aged in select tight-grain French oak barrels that add a soft and structured mouthfeel while showcasing the unique terroirs of our estate vineyards. The merlot has features of bright berry, hints of leather and velvet cake.
Vineyard: Conley Vineyard (certified organic), Columbia Valley Aging: 15 months in 20% new American and French oak Aromatics: White peach, fennel seeds, vanilla bean Palate: Tarte Tatin, cardamom, tarragon, crisp acidity