Lot 894 2020 Columbia Valley Merlot

Lot 894 Columbia Valley Merlot was sourced from deep-pocketed producers in Washington State (there are only a few!) firmly established in the Yakima Valley. The vineyards and winery were planted/built to make world-class Merlot and other Bordelaise varietals. No expense was spared on any aspect of this wine program. This sumptuous Merlot comes from a $60+ bottle program, but drinks like a $90+ bottle and is an exceptional value at $22/bottle, $264/case. It’s a must-try.

The grapes in Lot 894 were grown in lean soils, with high-desert winds, and diurnal swings producing small berries with tougher skins. The result is more concentrated fruit and intense complexity. This particular Columbia Valley Merlot is a powerful wine with all the structure and stuffing of Cabernet but made all the more compelling with the trademark supple mouthfeel.

Deep ruby in the glass, Cabernet-like. The bouquet is super pretty with ethereal, powdery florals combined with cherry truffle, and raspberry puree underpinned with sweet herbs. The pyrazines in this wine are so nuanced under the richness of dark fruit creating a mini symphony of delicate and rustic. Supple and seamless on entry, the ripe red and black fruits are robust but so well-balanced with just the right amount of acidity. The show-stopper is the mid-palate that reveals mineral-coated tannins unfurling in a blast of baking spice and licorice, purple jalapeño pepper, and black/red fruit. Just, wow! So beautifully crafted and incredibly expressive.

Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting.