2010 “Bend Sinister” Late Harvest Merlot
Columbia Valley AVA
100% Merlot, 8.3% residual sugar, 18.2% alcohol, port, sourced exclusively from Lodmell Vineyards. 2010 “Bend Sinister” Late Harvest Merlot from Lodmell Cellars reveals generous notes of black cherry, very ripe plum, Crème de Cassis liquer and a hint of pomegranite. A discreetly pronounced note of rich caramel, licorice and a hint of clover honey can also be detected in the wine’s bouquet. Imbued by velvety soft tannins, owing in long measure to barrel maturation of 2 years in French Oak. This Ruby Port truly is a unique wine for Walla Walla County. Harvested at 33 Brix of sugar.
Blue cheese, Stilton cheese, dark chocolate , figs, almond, walnuts and berry-based desserts.
The Lodmell Vineyard estate-grown Merlot grapes are hand harvested in late fall, after they've reached their desired sugar level. The grapes are fermented for a very short time before a fortified grape alcohol is added. The wine is transferred to French oak barrels and aged 24 months.
Winemaker: Andrew Lodmell
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Columbia Valley AVA
Vineyard: Lodmell Vineyards (walla walla Co.)
Soil: Ritzville Loam
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Retail Price: $30/bottle
Production: 50 cases