UPCHURCH VINEYARD Merlot, Red Mountain ‘LTL’ 2019

The LTL “Larger than Life” Merlot from Red Mountain comes from 100% Merlot from the Upchurch estate, and is aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Sporting a medium ruby core with a light pink rim, it charges out of the gate with notes of crunchy red cherry, blueberry pie, pencil shavings, plus a hint of wet stone minerality and dried cedary herbs. The palate is a touch leaner than the nose, bringing lovely acidity, high tannins, and a lengthy finish with a hint of bitter herbs and sour cherry. Still very young – give it another year or two in bottle before enjoying, and then age for a decade or more. Extraordinary wine for the price point. Only 350 cases made.

United StatesWashington Red Mountain

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J. YoungJune, 2022

Find More: WASHINGTON Vol. VI (2018-2021), Red Mountain AVA Spring 2022 Report

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