Merlot loves Washington’s climate. The unique sites and growing season enable us to bring out a little bit of everything that great Merlot is known for. We get enough heat and exposure to develop great ripeness and freshness, but our long season, cool nights and large diurnal shifts enable us to build great concentration and flavor intensity as well. We think of it as big and rich meets lean and racy. Tenor Merlot is full throttle and exciting, but still balanced and elegant.
Intense notes of raspberry puree, sweet smoke and spices. A hint of black tea and berry potpourri adds complexity. Swirling adds sweet fruit, strawberry jam, plum skin, floral notes and crème brulee. The palate is saturated with red and black fruits, fine tannin and vibrancy that defies its ripeness. The finish is long and compressed, hinting at its need for short term cellaring.