This estate grown 2016 “Gravity” Merlot definitely deserves more than a Sideways glance, if you catch our drift. Washington State has consistently flipped the script on the idea that Merlot is a boring, outdated grape only to be found on the bottom shelf. For this grape to truly shine it requires warm sunny days with cool nights to help it reach full maturity while retaining a balanced acidity. Here in the Horse Heaven Hills, we have that. Deep ruby in color, the 2016 Gravity offers layers of fruity aromatics on the nose. Plum, black cherry, strawberry and a hint of blueberry jump from the glass while earthy notes of leather, tobacco, and clove add balance and complexity to the nose and show beautifully on the palate. Elegantly structured tannins complement the wines cleansing acidity, leading to a lengthy finish. Although ready to drink now, this wine shows potential for cellaring upwards of five years. Please decant. Enjoy!