The fruit was sourced from our growing partners at DuBrul Vineyard and Meek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. We only bottled 105 cases, 2/3rds of our normal average. The wine is anything but soft. This isn’t your Grandma’s wine, unless her name is Hertha and she rides a Harley, has a few tattoos and if you arm wrestled her she’d take ya. That is our review. Below is a professional review that appeared in the Wine Enthusiast.
Wine Enthusiast December Issue 93 Points
Stevens 2008 Merlot (Yakima Valley); $29.
As in past vintages, this is half DuBrul and half Meek vineyard fruit. It’s a far cry from what most consumers would think of as Merlot-this is a stiff, tannic, muscular wine, with a deep earthiness that speaks of rich loam and ancient rock. It strikes me as more typical of Malbec. The tannins are firm and dense, and the fruits are black as coal and laces with tar and smoke. Cellar Selection. – P.G.