2015 Wild Thyme Merlot

2015 Wild Thyme Merlot
2015 Wild Thyme Merlot

Loosely translated as Blackbird in French (merle), Merlot is native to Bordeaux and finds its greatest expressions on the Right Bank of the Gironde River.  Washington Merlot has a richness and power unsurpassed in the world.  Our wonerful vineyard sites create a wine that is hedonistic and voluptuous, yet age worthy and serious.  Previous vintages of the Wild Thyme were a Merlot style bordeaux blend.  With this vintage we found all blends could not improve on the Merlot that Wallula Vineyard produced. 

Tasting notes

Attractive dark red hue.  Sweet black plums, toasted vanilla bean, and clove aromas predominate.  There is an aatractive hint of salinity under the fruit and oak character.  Mouthfeel is concentrated, rich, seamless, and smooth all the way to the finish.  We taste flavors of plums, cherries, toasty oak spices, clove, and hints of licorice.

Production notes

The 2015 vintage was the earliest we ever started picking grapes and the earliest we ever finished.  The grapes were hand harvested on September 11, 2015, sorted by hand, and destemmed to keep as many whole berries as possible.  The wine was fermented by yeasts native to the vineyard.  The grapes were punched down twice daily until completion of fermentation.  Only the free run wine was retained.  The Merlot was aged for 22 months in 7 barrels (5 French Oak and 2 American Oak) before bottling in July of 2017.

Varietal Composition97% Wallula Vineyard Merlot and 3% Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Franc
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardWallula Vineyard
Acid4.9 g/L
Residual Sugar< 0.2 g/L
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/10/2017
Cases Produced162

97% Wallula Vineyard Merlot

3% Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Brett Isenhower

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