2012 Merlot

2012 Merlot
2012 Merlot
Tasting notes

This Merlot has been superbly crafted and is one of our signiture wines. Exceptional taste, balance, and structure with notes of berries, dark cherries, smokey cedar, and cocoa.

Production notes

Merlot is one of Jacob Williams signature wines. John Haw and Brad Gearhart have won Gold and Silver medals on their Merlots at the NW Wine Summit in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Those of you familiar with our previous releases will still notice intriguing differences. This wine is opening up nicely and is showing excellent promise.

Vintage2012
VarietalMerlot
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardHi-Valley - The Dalles, OR
Sugar24.6
Acid.57
PH3.65
Residual Sugar0
Alcohol13.70%
Volume750 ml

Hi Valley Vineyard, located in The Dalles, OR and managed by Lonnie Wright. This vineyard has been the bedrock for JW’s Syrah and Merlot since 2003. Originally developed by Dry Hollow vineyard—Brad’s first venture, which morphed into JW—this vineyard exhibits very unique fruit characters, unlike any other in the region: expansive fruit, cranberry nuances with a penchant for very “big” wines with great texture and mouthfeel. One of the standards that defines Jacob Williams.

John Haw’s experience started with Warner Vineyards and Leelanau Cellars in Michigan back in 1972. As his career blossomed he ventured to Oregon where his family was from, landing him at Shafer Vineyars in Forest Grove for his first introduction to Oregon wines. He continued on to Sokol Blosser for 11 years, which led him to Pedroncelli in Dry Creek California and finally he found his way to the Columbia Gorge, first working for Maryhill and then finding his home with Jacob Williams. He believes the Columbia Gorge has the BEST wine growing region in the nation.

John carefully hand-selects each vineyard and allows the vineyards to dictate what the style will be. Aging his wines for up to 36 months, John’s experience and dedication continues to produce premium award-winning wines year after year.

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