Bottle Shot: Merlot
Tasting Note: 2015 Merlot
Tasting Note: 2017 Merlot
Tasting Note: 2018 Merlot


91 Points2018 VintageJames SucklingJune 3, 2020
88 Points, Top 100 Best Buys of 20182016 VintageWine & SpiritsMay 10, 2019
88 Points 2016 VintageWine Spectator Tim Fish July 2, 2018
Best Buy, Top 100 Value 2016 VintageWine & Spirits March 1, 2018
Best Buy, 2017 Top 100 Value & 2018 All-Star Brand2016 VintageWine & SpiritsDecember 31, 2017
Value Brand of the YearWine & SpiritsDecember 31, 2016
Extreme Value2014 VintageWine SpectatorDecember 31, 2016
90 Points, By-the-Glass Value2012 VintageThe Tasting PanelAnthony Dias BlueFebruary 1, 2015

“Juicy and bright with tangy plum and berry fruit; fresh and clean, racy and lifted with long, lively flavors.” - Anthony Dias Blue

90 Points2011 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanDecember 15, 2014

"Light and tangy, with tobacco and coffee overtones to the black cherry and tangy balsamic flavors, lingering with persistence. Offers presence and refinement." (published in the Wine Spectator Advance)

88 Points, Recommended2010 VintageFood ArtsJeffery LindenmuthOctober 1, 2013

"An easy-drinking Merlot that is juicy, fresh, and supple, with lifted aromas of black raspberry, red cherry, and baking spices. On the palate, the vivid mélange of berry fruit comes coupled with vanilla, leather, and cocoa, while a hint of licorice appears on the medium finish with its soft fine tannins."
Score: 88

Best Buy2010 VintageWine EnthusiastSean SullivanMay 1, 2013
Great American Values2009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2012
89 Points, Best Values 2009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanMay 31, 2012

"Light and refreshing, with zingy raspberry and mint flavors that linger effortlessly. Drink now."

89 Points, Best Buy2009 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttApril 1, 2012

Washington Merlot proves its merit onces again, delivering big taste and even better value. At $12 this Watebrook 2009 Merlot is a steal. Enjoy!

Best of the West, Steals $15 and Under 2008 VintageSunset MagazineSara SchneiderNovember 1, 2011

In its annual roundup citing the best of the West in several price tiers, Waterbrook's 2008 Merlot was cited as a finalist for steals $15 and under. -Sara Schneider, November 2011

89 Points, Best Buy2008 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttJuly 1, 2011

"Excellent grapes from the Horse Heaven Hills, Walla Walla and Yakima Valley AVAs combine to craft a supple, smooth, lightly chocolatey red wine that harks back to the great Waterbrook Merlots of the 1980s. - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2011

88 Points, Value & By-the-Glass Recommendation2008 VintageThe Tasting PanelAnthony Dias BlueJune 1, 2011

"Smooth, fresh and earthy with ripe, juicy plum and blackberry fruit; harmonious and supple with balance and good length." - Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, June 2011

#1 Value Merlot - The Best WA Wines of 20072004 VintageThe Seattle TimesPaul Gregutt December 19, 2007
Waterbrook Merlot