Two of Red Mountain’s most significant figures — grower Dick Shaw and winemaker Charlie Hoppes — collaborate on this release under the Shaw family’s young label in Walla Walla. While Shaw focuses most of his plantings on Cabernet Sauvignon, here he’s featuring Merlot from his estate. The 24-month barrel program of 30% new French oak helps build the nose of dark toast, vanilla and mocha with dusty blackberry and minerality. On the palate, it’s rich and luscious with black cherry, dark plum and Western serviceberry flavors as sandy tannins, fresh-ground espresso and blueberry combine for a delicious finish. These wines are not only available in the Shaws’ tasting room in downtown Walla Walla, but also in their hometown of Gig Harbor at Brix 25 Restaurant and Harbor Greens Market.
Production: 120 cases