2017 Merlot - Étouffant (750ml)
**DOUBLE GOLD - 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition**
**Silver - 2020 International Women Winemakers' Competition**
**Silver - 2020 Bellingham NW Wine Festival**
Name Origin: Étouffant - (French) noun: Sultry
2017 Washington Merlot
14.5% Alc. by volume
Stillwater Creek Vineyard
Wahluke Slope - Columbia Valley, WA
Wow…like Pam's two earlier Merlots - our 2017 Étouffant is a gorgeous stunner - complex as complex can be - both on the nose and on the palate. Upon swirling, your nose is welcomed with a beautiful dark fruit gush of aromas trailed by vanilla, baking spices, incense, and a slight waft of earl grey tea with crème. On the palate, experience smooth tannins with young plum in the front palate, and a bomb of black cherry, fig, and new leather on the mid. This sultry wine has a nice long finish.
This unfiltered stunner will truly bless you if you demonstrate patience. Give the bottle a little breathing time...it truly changes from minute to minute. This wine is one of those rare beauties that you could enjoy one beautiful glass over four days...and the wine would be absolutely amazing - and absolutely different - every single day. I don't know how she does it - but winemaker Pam has made an absolutely SULTRY STUNNER in this 2017 Merlot!
A variety of foods pairs well with Merlot. Because Merlot is medium-bodied, it pairs easily with medium-weight foods: Veal, meatloaf, Italian-style sausages, lamb, duck with fruit sauce, and dishes with mushrooms and berries are good matches. For braised meat pairings, try complementing Merlot’s boisterous fruit notes with chimichurri sauce.