92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

The aromas pop, with notes of raspberry jam, cherry and spice. The cocoa and jammy red-fruit flavors are light and appealing, elongating toward the finish. - 92 Insider Points

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Merlot
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with local growers and visited each vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness to determine the precise moment to pick the fruit. Grapes were hand-harvested during the cool hours of the morning to preserve bright fruit notes. Each lot underwent a five day pre-fermentation cold soak before the tank was allowed to go through a native fermentation to dryness lasting roughly 21 days. Each lot was fermented separately and then blended before bottling to allow the tannins to meld together. To craft this wine, only the free run juice was collected and no press fraction was blended. The wine was then barrel aged for 20 months in new French oak. For the first year this wine was stirred in barrel on its lees and racked when necessary to soften the tannins. After the first 12 months the wine was racked off the lees for clarity before blending and bottling.

TASTING NOTES 

Summer fruits hit the nose with hints of dried leaves and subtle oak spiciness. The palate yields soft tannins, with dried herbs, chocolate, and cocoa, finishing with a graceful waltz.

THE STORY TO KNOW

The area surrounding Maryhill Winery is steeped in rich history – from the Great Missoula floods which created a terroir perfect for growing grapes through its deep, relatively low nutrient and well drained deposits to the entrepreneurial spirit of millionaire attorney and road pioneer, Sam Hill who sought to create an independent farming community named after his wife, Mary, and in turn, built what is now the home to a world-class cultural institution known as the Maryhill Museum of Art.

Nearly a century after Sam Hill founded the Maryhill community, in 1999 Craig and Vicki channeled the same entrepreneurial spirit and set out to fulfill their dream of producing premier Washington wines. With their vision became Maryhill Winery, a true destination winery.

Today, Maryhill is one of Washington state’s largest and most-visited wineries. The winery draws more than 75,000 guests to Maryhill annually, while the region offers warm summer days, year-round appeal and excellent winemaking and continues to gain recognition as an emerging wine destination. Responding to growing demand for our wine in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene metro region and Vancouver, we offer two additional satellite tasting rooms with the same world-class experiences, with our sights on a fourth location in Woodinville, Washington, in the Seattle area.