Russell Merlot 2021

Named for AV co-owner John Russell and his family, this Merlot blend is made from 96% and 4% Syrah. The grapes were grown in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks for 2 weeks with pump-overs carried out twice a day to ensure full extraction of color and tannin. After yeast and ML fermentation, the wine was pressed, settled, and then transferred to American and French Oak barrels for 18 months of aging.

Food Pairing: Pair this wine with steaks, roasted chicken, pork loin, lamb, blue cheeses, or tomato-based recipes.

Sensory Notes:
Style: Age-worthy, full-bodied Merlot
Sweetness: dry
Color: dark ruby

Technical Data:
Alcohol: 14.3 ABV
Residual Sugar: .13g/L (less than 1 gram of sugar per bottle)