2009 Quail Series Merlot

Quail Series Cabernet

Background

Since the release of the 1982 vintage, Covey Run has crafted high quality, price worthy wines from Washington's Columbia River Valley, wines that have been embraced by consumers and journalists alike. Led by winemaker Kate Michaud, Covey Run's portfolio includes delicious wines for every occasion, from stylish entertaining, to casual gatherings and picnics with family and friends.

Harvest & Winemaking

Weather during the 2009 growing season was unique for Washington. A cool spring delayed bud break. Cooler temperatures continued until just prior to bloom, but at the onset of bloom, temperatures were above normal. This sudden change in weather resulted in small, concentrated berries and vines with smaller canopies, which allowed the ideal amount of partial sunlight onto ripening clusters.

The summer heat continued until September with very little rainfall during the growing season. These optimal conditions accelerated fruit ripening and elevated berry sugar levels. A hard frost came in early October. Canopies were lost, but fruit quality was not affected as the berries had already developed high sugars and ripe flavors. The unique 2009 growing season resulted in ripe, concentrated fruit.

Wine Description

The ruby red color, raspberry notes, and smoky toast flavors with hints of cinnamon found in this wine are all trademark descriptors for Washington Merlot. The 2009 vintage offers subtle tannins and distinct acidity, providing the structure necessary for longevity and aging potential.

Food Pairing Suggestions

This Merlot is well-balanced and complements a range of culinary fare. Pairs well with grilled meats, roasts, meatloaf, sausage or wild game.

$10.00 Per Bottle

2009 Quail Series Merlot Technical Data
Winemaker: Kate Michaud  
Appellation: 100% Columbia Valley  
Varietal: 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot  
Alcohol: 13.5%  
T.A.: 5.6 g/L  
pH: 3.63  
Residual Sugar:  
Vineyard Source: Alder Ridge, Bacchus, North Ridge  
Harvest Date: September 2009  
Bottling Date: February 2011  
Release Date:  
Cases Produced: 16,050  

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