Varietal Composition: 78% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: Weinbau Merlot 40%, Olsen Merlot 38%, Discovery Cabernet 11%, Gamache Malbec 11%
A bit brawny on the attack, Outlaw simmers down with a little air and becomes what is so special about Washington State Merlot: delicious in its youth, ageworthy and utterly world class as it reaches its peak in a generation or so. The 2018 Outlaw shows cherry, blood orange, mint, dark chocolate, sweet smoky oak and walnut on the nose leading to deeply focused fruit flavors of plum, bing cherry, blackberry and graphite all swaddled in fine tannins. Designed to be lovely now and to outlast your expectations...
Food Pairing: Lamb burgers with boursin or eggplant and porcini Shepherd’s pie.
Movie Pairing: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid