Dark blue skins, nearly black, with loose bunches of large berries
Bordeaux region of France
Cherry, plum, chocolate, bay leaf, and vanilla
Location at Threemile Vineyard: block E
A classic and perhaps “old-school” red French grape, Merlot is a cultivar that Joe is familiar with growing in The Dalles area. A particularly resilient and tough vine, Joe decided to plant the Merlot in a low section with heavy drainage in block E as it may be one of the most challenging growing locations at the vineyard.
While on paper Merlot may be considered a warm season cultivar, Joe suggests that it seems to enjoy a slightly cooler growing climate at Threemile. While perhaps not the most sought after grape, this cultivar has previously been allocated to Graham Markel of Buona Notte, a young, up-and-coming gorge winemaker with remarkable wine making abilities.
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