Hot, dry weather from bud-break to mid-August led to the earliest harvest start in Washington State. 2004 was a hot growing season followed by a cool September and warmer October, ideal for ripening. The extended length of the 2004 growing season allowed the grapes to fully mature and develop intense rich flavors.
The grapes for the 2004 vintage of our Red Meritage blend came from six different vineyards. The components for the Cabernet Sauvignon portion (38%) of the blend are Martinez Vineyard, and Bacchus read more...Vineyard. The Merlot (25%) is from Dionysus Vineyards. The Malbec portion of the blend was sourced from Alder Ridge Vineyard (16%), the Cabernet Franc (13%) from Chelle den Millie Vineyard and the Petit Verdot (8%) from Snipes Canyon Ranch. Harvest dates varied from September 9th through October 18th. All the fruit is hand-harvested into small bins and crushed upon delivery to the winery.