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Wishram, WA., January 22, 2015 – Jacob Williams Winery, located in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, is pleased to announce the official launch of their 2011 Merlot. As a small, family-owned boutique winery with a well-established and beautifully appointed tasting room, Jacob Williams is widely known for its wonderfully crafted wines and its one-of-a-kind wine experience.

In her book The Wine Bible, Karen MacNeil writes that Washington State has become the spiritual home of Merlot. John Haw’s work on Jacob William’s 2011 Merlot, sourced from the Hi Valley Vineyard in The Dalles, stands as a testament to MacNeil’s claim. This should come as no surprise given the fact that Haw won Gold and Silver Medals at the NW Wine Summit for his Merlots in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Those of you familiar with our previous releases will still notice intriguing differences. 2010 was a slightly warmer year, which allowed for bigger fruit-forward flavors, whereas 2011 saw a cooler growing season. As a result, this wine has a more understated, but no less nuanced flavor profile.

Our 2011 vintage is the barefoot philosopher of Merlots—self-confident and intrepid, but modest. Earthy red currant strolls through a solid back-end structure of dark cherry and cocoa. The Seattle Times praised it as a “mellow merlot from a great little winery in the Columbia Gorge” that would pair wonderfully with a Thanksgiving meal. Whatever the occasion, this wine won’t disappoint.

Still skeptical? Stop by Jacob Williams with your sweetheart Valentine’s Day weekend to see for yourself. From February 14-15 we’ll be showcasing our 2011 Merlot alongside a number of our award-winning wines—all paired with fine chocolate and cheese. Generous pours to anyone who shows up with a walking stick and a threadbare cloak.

Click here to view the press release for the Jacob Williams 2011 Merlot