Brothers Robert Mercer and Willis Mercer own and operate Mercer Wine Estates. As third generation farmers, this newest label embodies that spirit and the wine within is a beautiful celebration of their hard work and terroir of their land.
An intoxicating combination of dark fruit, violets and wet stone blend harmoniously in the nose. Velvety tannins frame the fruit, providing supple structure. the result is a wine that is powerfully elegant.
The grapes for this wine are grown at our acclaimed Spice Cabinet and Cavalie Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. Spice Cabinet Vineyard sits on a southeast slope above the Columbia River. The orientation of the block allows for morning sun exposure of the fruit, while avoiding the intense afternoon rays. Cavalie Vineyards slopes gently to the south, allowing for optimum fruit exposure and air movement through the vineyard.
2014 was one of the hottest years on record. A moderate winter led into a warm spring and a very hot summer. We saw veraison two weeks earlier than normal, and began harvest a week ahead of schedule. A warm, dry September allowed for longer hang time of the grapes which contributed to concentrated flavor development along with ripe tannins.
These grapes were double sorted, first in the vineyards with the selective harvest on our Pellenc harvesters, then again at the winery on our sorting table. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. We fermented the wine in our oak, upright tank with twice daily punch downs. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a blend of new and old French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 24 months before being blended together.