THE C.R. SANDIDGE WINES

2019 Merlot

Merlot 100%

The 2019 vintage was a growing season rating an amazing 9.0 on a scale of 0 to 10…………. until early the second week of September.  Temperatures plunged to near freezing which almost shut down the ripening process.  Grape growers not hanging excess amounts of fruit were eventually able to fully ripen come late – September and October.  All in all, 2019 was a manageable growing season.  Winemakers needed to pull some rabbits out of the hat.

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Normally, we source our Merlot from the Stone Tree vineyard located in the heart of the Wahluke Slope AVA.  However, Stone Tree’s neighbor decided to burn brush in the middle of August which in turn caused catastrophic smoke damage to the fruit as the wildfire raged around the vineyard.   Therefore, the Merlot grapes for this red wine came from the Goose Gap AVA vineyard Goose Ridge.  This fine site is located to the southwest of the famous Red Mountain AVA in south central Washington. This vineyard is known for producing steady crops of very high quality red wine grapes.

  • Harvest:  All fruit was hand-picked, sorted and destemmed – crushed into one ton fermentation bins.
  • Fermentation:  A yeast developed in northern California was utilized for the primary fermentation.  The various musts were fermented for 7 days on the skins prior to pressing.
  • Malo-lactic Conversion:  Malo – lactic conversion was fully completed while the wine was in barrel.
  • The wine was aged for 21 months in French oak barrel.  The French oak forest we sourced was “Center of France”.
  • Filtration Level:  Very tight at bottling.

This was our first attempt at using Merlot fruit from this area of Washington State.  Deep dark purple color pouring into your glass is a great start to what turned out to be a very nice wine.  Flavors and aromas of ripe red plums, cranberries and dusty rose petal fill the flavor and aroma profile.  The French and American oak barrels added some delicious coffee – graham cracker notes as well.  This wine while tannin – tight, possesses good structure fluctuating between firm and very firm. We thank-you for your friendship and support.  Enjoy!! 

Wine Specs

Specification Value
Alcohol Percentage: 14.4%
pH: 3.65
Acidity: 5.3g/liter
Residual Sugar: 1g/liter
Cases Produced: 124
AVA: Goose Gap

Non-Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $35.00
Case Discount: 15%

Club Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $28.00
Case Discount: 30%