Skyfall Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, 2016

My grandfather would always tell me, great wine starts with finding the ideal vineyard site, which is a lot easier said than done. I walked a lot of vineyards before finding Skyfall, named for the massive car-sized boulders scattered among the vines that literally look like they fell form the sky. These boulders were brought by glacial floods of the last ice age along with silt loam soils now layered with ancient volcanic ash. The complexity of these soils is ideal for cultivating optimal flavors in the grapes, making Skyfall a perfect vineyard site. - David J. Minick. 3rd generation Washington State grower Skyfall Vineyard Steward. Alc. 13.7% by vol. Produced & bottled by Skyfall Vineyard, Walla Walla, WA.