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The grapes are cluster sorted, destemmed, and berry sorted by hand. Sorting is aggressive, because the few bits of stem add a nice perfume and complexity to the Merlot. The free-run juice is barreled (first unblended, then again after blending) in proprietary barrels specific to Tenor Merlot to enhance length and perfume. We use slightly different barrels for different lots and mix and match to enhance the strengths of each vineyard.

Tasting Notes

An intoxicating combination of strawberry and blackberry preserves framed by a perfect mix of sandalwood and spice. Swirling brings red and black currants, licorice, vanilla bean and a hint of black cherry. The palate is dense but with seamless fruit and superfine tannins. Youthfully compressed but stunning nonetheless.

Varietal Composition

100% Merlot



Cases Produced




Awards & Accolades

"Very bright cedary and spicy oak on the nose. Violets, plums and a gently meaty thread leading to a palate that has rather bold, ripe fruits in the spiced plum zone. Drink or hold."

90 points, James Suckling,

"Another inky colored red is the 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot, which was brought up mostly in new French oak. It has a decadent, ripe bouquet of caramelized black cherries, toasted spice and licorice. This gives way to a full-bodied, ripe, polished and heady red that stays fresh and lively on the palate."

89 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

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