2015 Little Sister Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages
        

 Vineyard Source

Quintessence, Red Mountain
Red Willow, Yakima Valley


Blend

97% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc


Alcohol

14.5%

Release Date

October 7, 2017

Production

99 cases

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Tasting Notes

"I believe a new cuvee from this estate, the 2015 Merlot Little Sister (there's a tiny splash of Cabernet Franc) sports a vibrant ruby/purple color as well as ample black cherry and black raspberry fruit characteristics, ample graphite and minerality, full-bodied richness and a seamless, pure, elegant texture. It's going to drink nicely right out of the gate, yet also evolve nicely. It's a terrific expression of Washington State Merlot." Jeb Dunnuck

(92-94) Points, The Wine Advocate

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(92-94) Points

"I believe a new cuvee from this estate, the 2015 Merlot Little Sister (there's a tiny splash of Cabernet Franc) sports a vibrant ruby/purple color as well as ample black cherry and black raspberry fruit characteristics, ample graphite and minerality, full-bodied richness and a seamless, pure, elegant texture. It's going to drink nicely right out of the gate, yet also evolve nicely. It's a terrific expression of Washington State Merlot." Jeb Dunnuck

 
        

Quintessence

Quintessence Vineyards is a 410-acre parcel of land with a base elevation of 675 feet, rising to 1,025 feet as it reaches Red Mountain AVA's southwest-facing slopes. Quintessence founders Dick Shaw and Paul Kaltinick planted their first vines as partners on Red Mountain in 2010. They launched Quintessence with a planting of 68 acres along Red Mountain's southwestern slope. Positive response was immediate, with customers pointing to "world class vineyard management" and "spectacular fruit" as some outstanding attributes. Additional planting followed, with similar success. Now, with the expansion along the eastern ridge and slop of Red Mountain, Quintessence will encompass some 300 acres in total. Quintessence is made up of premium land, a talent for farming, dedicated management, ideal growing conditions, and a love for what they do.

Red Willow 

Red Willow vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the state, a true Washington pioneer. Owned and operated by Mike Sauer, his wife Karen, sons Jonathan and Daniel, and son-in-law Rick Willsey, Red Willow remains a family operation. The vineyard is located on the Yakama Indian Reservation, on steep south-facing slopes in the Cascade foothills, in the Yakima Valley AVA. The first wine grapes were planted in 1973 under the direction of Dr. Walt Clore. Red Willow represents classical non-fruit qualities with stunning balance and grace.


 
        

This is Little Sister's inaugural vintage!