Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014
Aromas of red cherry, crushed raspberry and fresh strawberry lead to flavors of bright red fruit along with chocolate tones, herb, clove, wood spice and exotic spice. The palate is quite elegant in style, and it delivers a lot for the price. This Merlot earned a Gold Medal at 2016 Idaho Wine Competition.
PAST AWARDS + REVIEWS
🏁 BEST OF CLASS: Seattle Wine & Food
🥇 GOLD: 2016 Idaho Wine Competition
🥇 GOLD: Tri-Cities Wine Fetival
🥈 SILVER: Northwest Wine Summit
🏆 88 POINTS: Wine Enthusiast
WINERY SPEC SHEET (pdf download): 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
COMPOSITION: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 13.9% ABV.
AGING: This wine gains complexity and pays dividends from cellaring. Drinks well 2017-2022.
VINTAGE 2014: Warm temperatures and an abundant, early crop produced picture-perfect grapes with soft tannins in the reds. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot had vintners most excited. With no rain, no early freezes and a harvest that was mostly done by Halloween (about two weeks ahead of usual), Washington vintners were all smiles. With no heat spikes and cool nighttime temperatures, the acidity balances in these young wines was ideal. Even though it was a warm harvest, generally the whites were of superb quality, while the reds garnered elegant tannins.
VINEYARDS: Columbia Valley, Washington
WINEMAKING: Greg Koenig, Consulting Winemaker. Fruit parcels from our Bordeaux varietal vineyards were vinified separately. After maceration and fermentation on skins, malolactic fermentation occurred during barrel maturation in a mix of new and old barriques - French, American and Hungarian in origin - for a period of 22 months. Bottled: August 2016.
CELLARS: Vinted, Cellared and Bottled in Koenig Winery, Caldwell Idaho (Snake River Valley)
CLOSURE: Traditional Cork
MARKETS: Winery Tasting Room. Wine Club Members across the USA. Fine Dining + Premier Retail Distribution to Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.