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.