From: Stillwater Creek Vineyard, WA
Blend: Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot
93 pt WE. Merlot (46%) and Cabernet Franc (42%) take the lead, with bits of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot finishing it off. The aromas bring immediate appeal, with notes of leafy herbs and chocolate-covered cherry. A full-bodied, action-packed palate follows. There's density and richness as well as plenty of finely combed tannins and bright acidity. It brings an impressive seamlessness. SEAN P. SULLIVAN
Erica Orr has worked in the wine industry since 1998. Her first harvest was with Cathy Corison in the Napa Valley. That experience prompted Erica to enroll in the enology master’s degree program at UC Davis where she researched the indigenous yeast microflora in native chardonnay barrel fermentations. She completed her master’s degree in 2003.
In addition to her master’s degree from UC Davis, Erica’s scientific training includes a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley and three years of research experience as a biochemistry lab technician for 2009 Nobel Laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn at UC San Francisco.
As a San Francisco Bay Area native, she is passionate about food and wine, and dedicated to quality-oriented, thoughtful winemaking.
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