We make the Champoux blend not just because we are such big fans of the vineyard, but because of the way that Merlot and Cabernet Franc shine from this site. This vintage we really saw potential from the Merlot and we have not been disappointed. A plush, yet elegant wine that will reward drinkers who want to enjoy a bottle now or who are willing to wait a decade.
The 2015 vintage was the warmest vintage to date, with above-average temperatures across the Columbia Valley. These warm temps led to an advancement of the growing season, leading to a harvest almost 2 weeks ahead of any recent years. Very warm temperatures starting in the spring and contiguous through July/August led into cooler temperatures in September allowing phenolic ripeness to catch up. Despite the heat, the wines from this vintage ended up with great fruit characteristics while maintaining excellent structure and focus.