Merlot

Varietal: Merlot

Tasting Notes:
Huston Merlot is a deep ruby red color with 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 and full bodied with a velvety smooth finish.

Pair with: Traeger smoked baby back ribs, Portobello mushroom ravioli, grilled ribeye or blackberry cobbler.

Awards

  • 2023 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2019 vintage)
  • 2022 Idaho Wine Competition (2019 vintage)
  • 2022 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition (2019 vintage)
  • 90 pts, Editors Choice   2019 Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
  • 2018 Idaho Wine Competition (2015 vintage)
  • 88 pts   2017 Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)
  • 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2013 vintage)

Specs

Composition Notes 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards Sawtooth Block 43, Skyline Vineyards, Williamson Vineyards
Release Date March 2022
Cases Produced 196
Growing Season Notes A cool wet spring delayed the start of the 2019 growing season, pushing bud break into mid-April. Summer was idyllic marked by warm days and cool nights and an abundance of sunshine. The weather was without heat spikes that can be so detrimental to the vines. These perfect conditions allowed slow sugar accumulation and excellent acid retention within the clusters. The cooler growing season set the stage for a wine with tremendous structure and silky tannins.
Composition Notes 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards Huston Estate Vineyard, Sawtooth Block 43
Release Date June 2021
Cases Produced 246
Growing Season Notes 2018 was an exceptional growing season with bud break mid-April and a season in gradient temperature climbs providing excellent ripening conditions. Most blocks were harvested the first two weeks of October.
Composition Notes 96% Merlot, 4% Syrah
Vineyards Skyline, Symms, Sawtooth
Release Date March 2019
Cases Produced 156
Growing Season Notes The 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.