Washington State has consistently flipped the script on the idea that Merlot is a boring, outdated grape only to be found on the bottom shelf.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 2017 Gravity opens with layers of fruity aromatics on the nose. Blackberry, cherry, strawberry and a touch of blueberry pie jump from the glass, while earthy notes of leather, cocoa, and baking spice not only add complexity to the nose, but remain present on the richly textured palate. Elegantly structured tannins complement the wine’s 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.