hooray for you merlot
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The hooray for you merlot comes from the Weets Family Vineyard (Rattlesnake Hills) Columbia Valley AVA, Washington.
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
Elaboration: The grapes are whole cluster harvested and placed in an open top fermenter with daily pigeage for three weeks. It is then pressed and racked into neutral Burgundy barrel. Native yeast ferment. No sulfur added. Unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Showcasing classic Merlot character this wine expresses generous black plum and cherry cola with vanilla mocha and violets. A lush, silky palate balanced by mouthwatering acidity and soft tannins.
Gregory Cantu and Christopher Sky were each self-taught sommeliers at two different restaurants in Portland, Oregon. They met while working as maître d’s at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville. They found they had much in common, they are both Colorado natives, fans of Loire Valley wines, and they shared the same sarcastic, irreverent sense of humor.
They became friends and began spending their free time helping with harvest at small wineries. Cantu also devoted an entire harvest season to working at a winery. In the summer of 2017, they were sitting in Sky’s backyard Cantu recalls, “We were drinkin’ some Rosé, and we were like, let’s make some Rosé, and then we did.”