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3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

Elegance & Power! | continued=>

“Oh, no thank you, I don’t drink Merlot.” Ok, endulge me, try it, and cross it off your list. This Merlot/Cab Franc won the Gold Medal at the Idaho Wine Competition in 2016. “Oh, alright. Oooh, that’s really nice!” See. ;-) — This is a common conversation we have over this 2014 Merlot. It’s a fantastic drinker and food pairing wine that definitely over-delivers its price point. Wonderfully balanced with black fruit notes of blackberries, black currants, boisenberries and plums. Complimented by French Oak for richer mouthfeel and longer finish. Put it down for a while. Or do like we do at the Ranch, and pull the cork! - Happy Holidays from @3HorseRanch ! 🤠🍷🍁🍇

Gold Medal | 2016 ID Wine Competition
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$21.50
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SKU: WMECF1475

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.

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