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    Tasting Note: Merlot

    Acclaim

    Buying Guide2009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2011Bright and lively, exhibiting flavors of raspberry and cherry against a savory background. -Harvey Steiman, October 15, 2011
    86 Points - Best Buy2006 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttJune 1, 2009
    85 Points - Top Value2006 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanJuly 31, 2008
    Best Buy2004 VintageWine Press NorthwestJuly 10, 2006
    Recommended - Top WA Merlot Under $202004 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Lynne Char Bennet May 4, 2006

    "This isn't a typo - the wine is just $6 and 25,000 cases were produced, so there's plenty to go around...Buy it by the CASE."


    87 Points - Best Buy 2004 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul Gregutt April 1, 2006
    Pick of the Week2004 VintageThe Seattle Times Paul Gregutt November 30, 2005"An excellent Merlot; certainly the best at this price point I have tasted in the past 15 years." - Paul Gregutt

    tasting notes

    Sweet cherry and oak aromas marry with spice box, tar and eucalyptus notes. The palate continues with sweet cherry followed by developed big fruit flavors. This medium bodied Merlot has a supportive tannin structure that leads to lingering fruit and oak notes on the finish.

    winemaking notes

    • Varietal Blend: 76% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Appellation: Washington State
    • Vineyards: Nine Canyon, Wallula, Charbonneau, Frenchman Hills
    • pH: 3.67
    • TA: 0.65
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • Cases Produced: 2,660