2013 Bookwalter Merlot Foreshadow

Year: 2013
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :
$14.95

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"Ripe and expressive without great density, offering pomegranate-inflected cherry and spice flavors that do a diminuendo on the fine-grain finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,010 cases made.–HS " (WS)

"A terrific Merlot that’s mostly from the Conner Lee Vineyard (this is central Washington), the 2013 Foreshadow Merlot (there’s 17% Malbec and 6% Syrah in the blend) is a rich, full-bodied, downright sexy effort that has tons of fruit and texture, with classic cassis, jammy dark fruits, creamy licorice and toasted spice aromas and flavors. Despite all of the fruit, it stays balanced, silky and thoroughly drinkable. I wouldn’t push the aging curve, but it should keep nicely through at least 2023." (WA)

"The Malbec (17%) and Syrah (6%) in the blend make themselves known, with aromas of dark plum and peppery spices plus a toasty top note. Plump in feel, the flavors trail slightly toward the finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Notes:
Vintage 2013 fruit from our vineyards revealed the highest recorded tannin and color potential yet seen in Washington. Our vintage portfolio carries a volume and weight that matched our house style of bold, rich and smooth reds age worthy for decades. Spring 2013 began the growing season without problems. Flowering June 7–10 at Conner Lee Vineyard afforded an early ripening vintage. Summer temperatures were hotter than average with many July and August days over 100F. Verasion was early in August under good conditions, a hallmark of great vintages. Our well managed vineyard blocks had fruit shaded with healthy canopies balancing acidity and sugar ripeness while keeping fruit from sunburn. September’s heat ended with the early October storm lowering temperatures our interior dry desert. The vintage was record breaking in total heat units, so cool weather was welcome. We picked all our red fruit with ease under clear skies with cold nights at a leisurely pace.

Production Notes:
All these Merlots were hand picked over two weeks beginning with the first days of fall. We hand sorted the clusters then destemmed into small 1 and 4 ton fermenters for hand mixing. Chilled and cold soaked for three days developing richness and smooth skin tannins, we then fermented slowly at cool temperatures below 87F. Hand mixed daily for two weeks on skins, fermentations finished primary ferment in traditional Bordeaux cooperage. We aged on lees reductively developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 16 months, we selected each barrel individually and blended for bottling, filtering for purity and aging stability. This rich wine will age for more than a decade and can be enjoyed with a host of foods throughout those seasons.


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