2014 Wild Thyme Red Blend

2014 Wild Thyme Red Blend
2014 Wild Thyme Red Blend

The goal for the Wild Thyme is to make the best Merlot blend we can and have a lot of fun presenting it to you. Obviously Wild Thyme is a metaphor for having a good time with wine and is a shout out to England’s favorite playwright. Denise and Brett Isenhower start with Wallula Vineyard Merlot and start blending to create a harmonious and fun wine. We spent many nights blending samples over and over to get every aspect of the wine perfect.

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite over-canopied with luscious

woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”     -William Shakespeare, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Act ii. Scene. 1

Tasting notes

Pretty dark red hue consistent to the rim.  Aromas of black cherry, pomengranate, volcanic rocks and baking spices.  Mouthfeel is concentrated, lithe, seamless, and smooth all the way to the finish that has a pleasing interplay of acidity and long chain tannins.  The Wild Thyme has a lightness of touch with a depth of character.

Production notes

The Wild Thyme is built on the foundation of Wallula Vineyard Merlot.  The vines were planted in 1997 and have reached their apex of producing spectacular grapes.  Cabernet Sauvignon from Summit View Vineyard provides a backbone for the palate of the the Wild Thyme.  Cabernet Franc from Dineen & Olsen Ranch enhance the aromas and lends a spicy flavor.  Petit Verdot from Seven Hills Vineyard deepens the color and adds acidity to the final blend.

All the grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, and fermented by yeasts native to their respective vineyards.  It is our experience that native yeast fermentation creates a complex and more interesting wine.  Each lot was punched down three times daily until pressing.  Only the free-run wine was retained for the Wild Thyme.   Free-run wine is better balanced and more elegant than the press wine.

The Wild Thyme was blended after 10 months of barrel aging in new and used French and American Oak  (33% of the barrels were new French Oak).  The wine was bottled in July of 2016. 

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Varietal Composition47% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardWallula, Summit View, Olsen, Dineen & Seven Hills
Acid5.1 g/liter
Aging10 months in new & used barrels (33% new French Oak)
Residual Sugar<0.5 g/L
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/06/2016

47% Merlot from Wallula Vineyard

23% Cabernet Sauvignon Summit View Vineyard

21% Cabernet Franc Olsen Ranch and Dineed Vineyard

9% Petit Verdot Seven Hills Vineyard

Brett Isenhower

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