Luxurious looking wine bottle. Gold capsule at the top. Clean label stating "2016 Substance Merlot, Stoneridge Vineyard."

2016 Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot

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Scores and Tasting Notes

We’re going to have to learn French. This Merlot is reminiscent of a St. Emilion. Hits all the notes of cassis, blackberry, crushed stone and pencil lead. Medium-bodied awash with fine grain tannin and a haunting aftertaste that says, “I’ve been here before, time to sign up at Rosetta Stone. – Charles Smith

94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“The 2016 Merlot Stoneridge Vineyard Collection is cut from the same cloth yet has slightly more iron and bloody notes as well as ample spiced red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and balanced, with a terrific mix of sexy fruit and elegance, it’s another top-notch Merlot to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.”

94 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (v2015)

“Another sensational Merlot is the 2014 Merlot Stoneridge Vineyard, which also comes from the Wahluke Slope AVA in the middle of the state. This is a warm (hot) and dry terroir that consists of sandy loam and gravelly soils. Plums, Asian spices, graphite and dried ower-like characteristics all emerge from this beauty that is layered, medium to full-bodied, concentrated and textured.”

93 Points – James Suckling

“An array of ripe red plums and some earthy, root-vegetable nuances on the nose that lead to a fleshy and composed palate with assertive, long and succulent tannins, which hold sleek and composed on the finish.”

Vineyard – Stoneridge (100%)

(100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Washington Wine, 13.5% Alcohol)
Alluvial fan gravel bed, the site rests above the flood plain of the Columbia River. Under the topsoil is a layer of caliche and basalt 6-12" deep, creating a calcium and iron rich media that forces roots to struggle. The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.


The 2016 vintage started early and warm in Washington State. When summer arrived, the season saw cooler evenings that helped retain acidity, extended thegrowing and ripening period into September and October. This allowed the fruit to gain more complexity and deeper charm without sacrificing the acid or producing higher alcohol content. The vintage has created deeply rich and focused wines that we will be able to enjoy for along time to come.

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