Kirkland Signature™ 2011 Merlot - Columbia Valley
Washington state is recognized as the home of premier Merlot, and Columbia Valley, the vineyard region. The south-facing slopes, glacial soils and sunlight produce Washington’s famously intense flavors. Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Merlot has round tannins, as well as black and red fruit character, with notes of black cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis. This Merlot has an underpinning of spicy oak and an elegant finish of sweet plum.
- Varietal: Merlot 95%, Syrah 5%
- Region: Columbia Valley, WA
- Alcohol Content: 14.5%
The Columbia Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon; the Cascade Mountain Range forms its western boundary. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries.
The vast size of this appellation allows for diverse microclimates among the various sub-appellations, but the whole region shares the common climate traits of cold winters and long, dry growing seasons with low humidity. The warm days and cool nights of the area help retain the balance of acid and sugar levels in the grape, which give Washington wines their characteristic balance in flavors. The grapes hang on the vines a little longer than in California, allowing more time to develop maturity in tannins, as well as other aroma and profile characteristics.
Production: 15,000 cases
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