2016 Little Sister Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

 Vineyard Source

Phinny Hill, Horse Heaven Hills
Red Willow, Yakima Valley


100% Merlot



Release Date

October 5, 2018


215 cases

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94 points, Jeb Dunnuck

"Based on 100% Merlot, the 2016 Little Sister comes from the Phinny Hill and Red Willow vineyards and was brought up in 44% new French oak. It has beautiful black cherries, crushed flowers, violets, and forest floor notes, with subtle Pomerol-like juiciness and earthy minerality. Medium to full-bodied, fresh and lively, with good acidity and purity, drink this fleshy, pretty Merlot over the coming 10-12 years."



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From the 2015 vintage: (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

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.


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