Obelisco Estate is located in the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) in eastern Washington State, an area marked by a dry, arid climate, significant daytime-nighttime temperature variations, and rocky, volcanic soils — conditions that produce some of the most sought after wine grapes in the state. Founder & Owner Doug Long came to Red Mountain after decades of crafting award-winning wines in Napa Valley, and he now operates a 30-acre vineyard on sun-drenched, southwest facing slopes. Doug’s vineyard is designed to maximize the advantages of Red Mountain’s pitch-perfect terrior, and this Merlot exemplifies the superior quality wine that results. This wine is actually a Merlot-driven blend of several red varieties that flourish in the Red Mountain AVA, consisting of 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 5% Syrah. It’s a lively red, vivid and pure, with aromas and flavors evoking ripe red berries — especially cherries, cinnamon and baking spices, and cedar-tinged oak. It’s bright, zingy character makes it a confident match with Italian dishes, semi-sharp cheeses, and lamb.
Availability: Obelisco Estate produced only 258 cases of the 2009 Reserve Merlot, so it may be a bit difficult to locate. Ask your favorite wine merchant if she/he can order it, or order it directly from the winery by visiting them virtually at www.obelisco.com or calling them at 425-485-2472.