2015 Outlaw Merlot

2015 Outlaw Merlot
2015 Outlaw Merlot
Tasting notes

2015 Outlaw Merlot:
Screw Sideways. Merlot is beautiful. Ever heard of Chateau Petrus? Firm, taut layers of dense blackberry, black fig and black currant jam roll through, pushed by notes of iron, charcoal and spearmint. Chocolate ganache hints fill in on the finish. Bass-driven, with a serious knot of tannins that have yet to stretch out, but the core of fruit is spot on. Wait for it.

One of the Three Original Wines, Outlaw was a single barrel of merlot from Hedges Vineyard in 2004. The wine was made to honor Kelly's Dad who suggested that we start a family business when we found out we were going to be parents. Outlaw is not necessarily produced in every vintage, having been released from 2004-2007, 2009, and 2014-2015. Because merlot is delicious, we think the producers of the movie Sideways can go to hell.

Varietal80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition80% Merlot
20% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationYakima Valley
VineyardObelisco 40%, Olsen 20%, Oasis 20% and Kiona CS 20%
AgingAged in 60% new French oak. Marcel Cadet, Mercurey, Ermitage
FermentationMaximum temp. 87° (Rockpile, NT116 and D-254 yeasts).
Residual Sugar0.02 g/100mL
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced121
Obelisco 40%
Olsen 20%
Oasis 20%
Kiona CS 20% 
Obelisco: 787ft.
Olsen: 875 ft.
Kiona: 800 ft.
Oasis: 800 ft.
Harvest Dates:
Olsen 9/24, Oasis 9/30
Obelisco 8/27
Klipsun CS 9/28
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