2016 Merlot Walla Walla Valley
To experience Walla Walla Valley wine is to experience the beautiful oasis amidst the vast desert that rolls through Northwest America. The sun-kissed valley and friendly local smiles are a vibrant reflection of both past and present, and the wine industry continues this rich legacy. Vines planted here send their roots quite deep, producing grapes that are all at once pure, bright, and aromatic.
Walla Walla Valley
Walla Walla Valley is a beautiful oasis amid the vast desert that rolls across most of America’s northwest interior. Named one of America’s Prettiest Winter Towns, the valley makes for an unexpectedly inviting winter destination. The name Walla Walla means “many waters,” and it highlights the rivers and aquifers that provide so abundantly for those who discover this place—from the earliest native peoples and French fur trappers to Oregon Trail pioneers and Victorian wheat barons. For each wave of arrivals, the Walla Walla Valley presents a remarkable agricultural bounty.
The medium-bodied ruby-red Merlot displays notes of black cherries, blackberries and currants. Black pepper, licorice, and baking spices make for a complex flavor bouquet with moderate oak and long finish.
Merlot is a flexible friend when it comes to food pairing. Because of its position in the middle of the red wine spectrum, it pairs well with chicken and other light meats as well as lightly-spiced dark meats. Enjoy this medium-bodied wine with a range of Italian dishes, especially tomato-based ones. Other popular selections include richly sauced dishes such as steak or fish in a red wine sauce. Merlot is also a good wine to use when you are cooking, making a rich base for red wine sauces.