1998 Reininger Merlot
Walla Walla Valley
6% Cabernet Franc
2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvested September 28 through October 8
Brix 23.8 B°
Fermentation 5-7 days on skins in open fermenters and basket pressed directly to barrels before dry
Aging 17 months American Oak. 80% new oak.
Bottled March 2000
Total acidity 0.54g/100ml
Cases Produced 850
Big, well-rounded merlot with excellent color extraction, prominent black currant, plum, cassis aromas and flavors layered with chocolate and cola. Complex and wonderfully integrated wood spices, with notes of cedar and vanilla.
Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2000
Gold Medal, Northwest Wine Summit 2001