The grapes were picked at mid-day and during the late afternoon to encourage fermentation. They were then destemmed, crushed, and fermented in stainless steel. All of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was then racked and blended to balance oak and structure. The winemakers tasted and refined the blend to carefully craft the final product, which was bottled in April 2016.
The 2015 growing season was extremely warm in Eastern Washington. The Merlot ripened fully, developing classic Washington State varietal character, excellent balance, and elegance. Grapes for this vintage were chosen from Wahluke Slope (45%), Yakima Valley (38%), Columbia Valley (15%), and Horse Heaven Hills (2%).