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Animale 2008 Merlot Label

2008 Merlot

AVA: Yakima Valley

Blend:

  • 88% Merlot
  • 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 4% Petite Verdot
  • 1% Cabernet Franc
  • 1% Petite Sirah

Vineyard: Crawford Vineyard, Prosser

Alcohol: 14.1%

Production: 23 cases

Harvest Dates and Brix at Harvest:

  • 10/25/2008, 25.5 brix

Aging:

  • 100% neutral French oak, 8 months

Tasting Notes:

Deep ruby color; complex fragrance of black cherry compote with notes of sage, spices and mixed dried fruits; full-bodied and mouth-filling with concentrated flavors of dried cherries, cherry syrup, black pepper and tobacco, with zesty, balanced acidity and a lingering, invigorating finish.

Winemaker Comments:

More like a right-bank Bordeaux than any New World Merlot.

Label Art: Linnea Granryd, Seattle, WA