Patio Praises: 14 Hands Merlot

On the second Friday of each month we spend the afternoon calling clients and vendors to thank them for their business. Then, we enjoy light appetizers and wine on the back patio. The RBI team uses this time to drink for a purpose! We try several new wines, vote on the favorite and then get an official review from Robin.

Robin’s Review:

“This month we tried a few different reds. A Syrah, a Cabernet Sauvignon and 14 Hands Winery Merlot. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a “label shopper” when it comes to wine, but I’ve found some of my favorites this way! The bright pastel horses on the label are definitely what got this Merlot in my basket. I believe black cherry was the dominant flavor. With a vanilla and mocha-like finish this Merlot was all of our favorite, hands down! We enjoyed this bottle in its entirety!”
Smooth & simply delicious!

14 Hands Winery Describes their 2013 Merlot:

“This round, structured Merlot is packed with rich flavors and aromas of blackberry, plum, cherry and mocha. Balanced in style, the wine is soft, approachable and food friendly.”

14 Hands Merlot

 Via 14Hands.com
Click to read about their full wine line.

Year: 2013
Blend: 95% Merlot, 2% Syrah, 3% other select varietals
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Acidity: 0.49 g/100 ML
PH: 3.72
Source:  Columbia AVA

The Columbia AVA is a roughly 11 million acre wine-growing region that spans across Washington and into Oregon.


Horse PaintingRobin is inspired by the beauty and strength of horses. She’s thrilled when a client loves horses too! Check out this metallic painting we just received for a loyal RBI client in Dallas. A perfect example of how wine and design choices go hand in hand!

We thought 14 Hands Winery’s back story was interesting and wanted to share it with you!

“The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant fourteen hands high – a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width, approximately four inches – would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the Columbia River and graze along the riverbank and then retreat back to the hills at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and wild spirit. This unique and beautiful landscape gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity that now feeds our vines. With loamy–sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine resulting in big, bold, juicy red wines and crisp, fruit-forward white wines.”

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