Upchurch Vineyard

2020 UV Counterpart

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87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon 
90% New French Oak (Taransaud & Orion)
Cases produced: 380


A classic Bordeaux style Merlot. A combination of red and black fruits, classic notes of cassis, cherries and sandalwood on the nose. The palate, much like the nose has beautiful balance and expression. Round and rich in the mouth, it is a focused blend, with juicy tones of grilled plums, blackberry, and sweet tobacco. Aged in 94% new French Oak barriques for 20 months.


96 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

"Made from 87% Merlot with 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 Counterpart is fresh, finessed and layered on the complex nose. Aromas of black cherries, spiced plum and a delightful mineral essence waft from the glass with a dusty frame of black raspberry, while impressive oak essences of cinnamon and cardamom entice and seduce the nose. Full-bodied, the wine is still tight, with a focused frame, pure and succulent tannins and energetic acidity, all brilliantly balanced and matched. The palate continues to somersault with a delicate mineral tension before offering elegant and pure oak essences over the long, lingering, juicy finish. The wine rested in all-new French oak barrels. Only 4,560 bottles were made. Bravo. This is stellar juice!" - Anthony Mueller

94 Points - Eric Guido, Vinous

"The 2020 Counterpart tempts the imagination with a spicy blend of crushed raspberries and woodland herbs, further complicated by spiced orange. This is round and supple, showcasing its Merot fruit with a blend of wild blueberries and suggestions of sweet spice. It comes across as energetic yet full of youthful tension, leaving sweet inner violet and lavender tones to resonate over a coating of round tannins. The Counterpart is a truly stunning Washington State Merlot, blended with 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and matured in 90% new oak - perfectly integrated."