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Tasting Notes
2020 Varietal Composition 71% Merlot  19% Cabernet Franc 6% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Malbec 1% Petit Verdot The 2020 Long Haul opens with licorice and fresh herbs highlighted by black plum fruits. The strong secondary notes on the nose continue into the palate, where the 2020 Long Haul is a meaty merlot with both red and blue fruit flavors backed by notes of cedar and black pepper.
Wine Specs
Red Blend
Vineyard Designation
Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, Red Willow
54% new French Oak, 46% used French Oak. 21 months in Barrel
Alcohol %
Past Accolades - 94 Jeb Dunnuck, 92 Wine Enthusiast, 2018: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 2017: 93 James Suckling, 2016: 93 Jeb Dunnuck, 2015: 94 Jeb Dunnuck, 2014: 91 Wine Advocate, 2013: 93 Wine Enthusiast
Winemaker Notes
The 2020 Long Haul is composed primarily of merlot from Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun vineyards on Red Mountain combined with merlot from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun are two of the oldest vineyards on Red Mountain. These older vines produce small clusters with intensely flavored berries. Seventy miles to the west of Red Mountain, the vines at Red Willow have an average age of 25 years and are planted on ancient soils above the deposition of the Missoula floods. Red Willow merlot oers a savory aromatic profile with complex depth and power on the palate. The weather in 2020 was on the warm side, with elevated temperatures during July, August, and early September. This weather pattern accelerated ripening and harvest began more than a week ahead of schedule. The wine was fermented in a combination of 1.5, 2 and 5 ton open top fermenters for 7-10 days and was then lightly pressed to barrel, where it finished primary and malolactic fermentation and was aged for 21 months in 54% new French oak.