The 2009 Vintage: The growing season was favorable while an early freeze mid-October delayed harvest, resulting in grapes having higher acid levels and lower sugars.

The Wine: Promising classic Washington blackberry scents. Firm, fruit-driven palate with charming potential. Strong red cherry fruit in finish with good balance and sound acidity.

Food Matches: This is THE wine for tomato-based sauces, appetizers and other preparations. Very food-friendly wine will delight accompanying pasta, fowl and veal chops.

Date of Harvest: 9/26/2009
Brix at Harvest: 25.4
pH: 3.72
T.A.: 0.52
Alcohol: 13.9 %
Varietal mix: 99% Merlot, 1 % Syrah
Type of oak: American, 30% new barrels
Cases produced: 1,521
Bottling Date: 7/27/2011