Region 'Washington State Merlot' - Year 1988

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Weather Conditions

The winter was unusual dry and mild and gentle. Bloom and set proceeded right on schedule and the vines went into the summer weeks carrying a good-sized crop. A pattern of warm days, cool nights throughout most of September brought the fruit to full maturity.

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Best Producers

Leonetti, Hogue Reserve Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodward Canbyon, Waterbrook, Hyatt. This was the first vintage in which Washington Merlots began to demonstrate a ripe, juicy, fleshy character while maintaining lively acidity, a style that winemakers focused on in vintages to follow.