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In Japanese culture a symbol used to decorate an individual or a family is called a Kamon. The kamon we chose is called a Hanabishi, the direct translation is flower of diamond shape. The use of the Diamond Flower is a tribute to my mother as this Kamon appeared on all of her kimonos and reminds me of her beauty.

2013 MERlot (red)

The Harvest

The 2013 vintage had a little bit of everything; great heat in the summer, a damp September and a frost-less October. What was thought to be an exceptional vintage was halted by a wet September.

The inaugural Kanazawa Merlot is a blend of 100% Naramata Merlot from Jake Van Westen Jr. and Mario Vierra’s vineyard, both long time orchardists and grape growers in Naramata.

The fruit was picked in mid-October which is a little later than most vintages.


The Merlot was hand picked, de-stemmed and left to cold soak for 10 days before being warmed so that the natural fermenting process could begin. After fermentation, the wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak for eight months. The wine underwent natural malo-lactic fermentation in wood and was unfined and unfiltered leading up to bottling.

2013 will be the first vintage that Kanazawa Wines used no commercial yeasts or enzymes. The 2013 Merlot was fermented naturally and no additional finings were added to alter the finished product.

Winemaking Notes

Bouquet: black cherry, ripe plums, hints of blueberry and mocha
Palate: vibrant notes of currants, cherries and plums with medium tannins on the finish.
Food Pairings: braised short ribs, roast squash, roast beets, grilled mushrooms, jambalaya and blackened fish, gruyere and Gouda.

Varietal Profile

Naramata Merlot 100%

  • Total acidity 6.6g/L
  • pH 3.65
  • Residual Sugar 1.5g/L
  • Alcohol 12.7%
  • Cases Produced: 450 cases
  • cspc +547943

Price: $19.99 / 750 ml bottle

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