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2018 Outlaw Merlot

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2018 Outlaw Merlot
2018 Outlaw Merlot

92 pts Owen Bargreen

Tasting notes

A bit brawny on the attack, Outlaw simmers down with a little air and becomes what is so special about Washington State Merlot: delicious in its youth, ageworthy and utterly world class as it reaches its peak in a generation or so. The 2018 Outlaw shows cherry, blood orange, mint, dark chocolate, sweet smoky oak and walnut on the nose leading to deeply focused fruit flavors of plum, bing cherry, blackberry and graphite all swaddled in fine tannins. Designed to be lovely now and to outlast your expectations...

Food Pairing: Lamb burgers with boursin or eggplant and porcini Shepherd’s pie.

Movie Pairing: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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 so damn delicious, we think the producers of the movie Sideways are on their way to hell.

Varietal Composition78% Merlot,
11% Cabernet Sauvignon,
11% Malbec
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardWeinbau Merlot 40%, Olsen Merlot 38%, Discovery Cabernet 11%, Gamache Malbec 11%
Acid0.54 g/100 mL
AgingAged in 45% new French and American oak.
FermentationMaximum temp. 92° F.
Residual Sugar0.02 g/100 mL
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/13/2020
Cases Produced215
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington
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