2016 Merlot


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Huston Vineyards Merlot wine pouring into glass


Varietal: Merlot

Tasting Notes:
Deep ruby red color and aromas of smoky bacon and black cherry with flavors of cedar and vanilla are sure to please the most particular palate. This Merlot is well structured yet elegant finishing velvety smooth.

Pair with: Terriyaki glazed chicken skewers, butternut squash risotto, braised lamb shank, roasted pork tenderloin, or ancho chile topped ribeye.

90, Editors Choice | 2019 Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
GOLD | 2018 Idaho Wine Competition (2015 vintage)
88 pts  |  2017 Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)
2X GOLD  |  2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2013 vintage)
BRONZE  |  2015 Sunset International Wine Competition (2012 vintage)

GOLD, BOC  |  2015 Idaho Wine Competition (2013 vintage)
SILVER  |  2015 Great Northwest Wine Invitational (2013 vintage)
SILVER  |  2014 Idaho Wine Competition (2012 vintage)
SILVER  |  2013 Idaho Wine Competition (2011 vintage)
SILVER  |  2011 Idaho Wine Competition (2009 vintage)

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Composition Notes96% Merlot, 4% Syrah
VineyardsSkyline, Symms, Sawtooth
Release DateMarch 2019
Cases Produced156
Growing Season NotesThe 2016 growing season with exceptional. Bud break mid-April with gradually warming temperatures provided a solid flower set which in turn gave way to a quality fruit set. The summer was warm but absent of extreme heat which allowed the sugars to grow in the berries while the traditional Idaho cool nights set the acidity level.
Composition Notes75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
VineyardsSkyline, Symms, Sawtooth
Release DateJune 2018
Cases Produced146
Growing Season NotesMerlot struggled in the 2015 growing season. A severe temperature fluctuation in November of 2014 inhibited the vines from reaching dormancy before a hard frost. Over 40% of the harvest in the Snake River AVA was lost. The yields of this vintage were impacted but the quality did not suffer. Grape vines thrive when stressed and this Merlot is a proven example.
Composition Notes86% Merlot, 14% Malbec
VineyardsHuston, Skyline, Symms, Sawtooth Block 63
Release DateJune 2016
Cases Produced205
Growing Season Notes2014 growing season was warmer than average for Idaho. The long, warm growing season ensured the ripeness of all varietals and the overall yields were elevated over previous seasons. A strong year for growing reds, particularly Bordeaux varietals. Merlot specifically exhibiting rich ruby color, bright fruit and balanced tannins.
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Additional information

Weight4.0 lbs
Dimensions12.0 × 4.0 × 19.0 in


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