Region 'Washington State Merlot' - Year 1995

Rating Drinkability Style
starstarstarstarstar drink soon An irregular and variable vintage

Weather Conditions

This was an odd growing season. It began with mild, warm weather during the winter and early spring. However, by the late spring and continuing into the early summer, the daily temperature turned surprisingly cool. As a result of thelong-term cool conditions, bud-break and flowering were delayed by two weeks. There was also enough rain to annoy growers who in this semi-arid region are not familiar with summertime rain. Characterized as a cool and long growing season,1995 was a moderately sized crop and the harvest extended well into October. When summer arrived, the grapes began a slow, steady ripening process which proved to be much to Merlot's liking.

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Ste. Michelle (Horse Heaven Vyd, Canoe Ridge Estate, & Reserve), Woodward Canyon, L'Ecole #41, Andrew Will, Seven Hills, Canoe Ridge, Hogue Reserve, Barnard Griffin Reserve, Waterbrook. Merlot was the standout in this vintage.