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    Acclaim

    91 Points2017 VintageJames SucklingJuly 19, 2019
    91 Points2016 VintageJamesSuckling.comJames SucklingDecember 31, 2018
    91 Points 2015 VintageJamesSuckling.comJames SucklingMay 1, 2018
    92 Points2013 VintageWine & SpiritsDecember 31, 2015
    90 Points2012 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 1, 2015

    “Lithe and expressive, with blackberry, licorice and black olive flavors on a sleek frame, persisting as the soft tannins wrap around the finish.”


    91 Points2011 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 31, 2014

    “The cinnamon-accented red berry flavors play against meaty notes in this taut, juicy red, with a lingering finish. Has presence and persistence.” -Harvey Steiman


    90 Points2010 VintageThe Tasting PanelAnthony Dias BlueDecember 31, 2013

    Smooth and ripe with sweet raspberry and plum; juicy, tangy and balanced; elegant and lush with a long, mellow finish.


    90 Points2010 VintageInternational Wine ReviewOctober 1, 2013

    A delicious wine showing purity of ripe
    fruit on the nose and good weight on the palate. A dark
    chocolate note adds to the complexity.


    91 Points, Smart Buy, Top 100 Wines of 20132009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2012

    Supple, vibrant and distinctive for the white pepper and mascarpone notes weaving through the refreshing plum and currant fruit. Lingers impressively with gentle intensity. Drink now through 2015. 4,800 cases made.-H.S.


    92 Points, Top 100 Wine (#46), Smart Buy2007 VintageWine SpectatorDecember 1, 2010
    92 Points, Smart Buy2007 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2010

    "Ripe, pure, focused and beguiling for its balance, offering blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit at the core, layered wtih hints of red pepper, clove and peach fuzz as the finish extends extraordinarily well." - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator


    Excellent2007 VintageWine Press NorthwestMarch 25, 2010

    "It's beautifully balanced and should only get better." - Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2010


    90 Points2006 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttJune 15, 2009"An outstanding example of Washington Merlot."
    91 Points, Top Value2006 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanMay 1, 2009

    "Polished in texture, this is balanced well to show expressive currant, blueberry and coffee flavors, lingering beautifully." - Harvey Steiman, July 30, 2009 In his Washington report, Steiman also writes, "WHEN IT COMES TO FINE RED WINES AT FAIR PRICES, WASHINGTON EXCELS. It's Cabernet Sauvignons are rich in pure fruit flavors and Merlot remains a sold performer. Best of all in these turbulent times, you can explore terrific versions of all these varieties for $30 a bottle or less." Â


    Gold Medal2006 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionJanuary 9, 2009
    Outstanding2005 VintageWine Press NorthwestOctober 1, 2008
    90 Points2005 VintageWine Spectator Harvey SteimanJune 1, 2008
    Gold Medal2005 Vintage2008 L.A. International Wine CompetitionJune 1, 2008
    Outstanding Merlot2005 VintageSeattle Wine AwardsJune 1, 2008
    Gold Medal2005 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition January 31, 2008

    tasting notes

    Aromas of red fruit, violets and cedar fill the nose, opening to flavors of dried cherries, fruit cake and anise. Full-bodied with soft velvety tannins and flavors of clove and Bing cherry on the finish. 

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2017
    • Appellation: Columbia Valley
    • Grape Source: Mirage, Willard Old Vine, Blackrock, Browne Estate Vineyard
    • Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot
    • Oak: 30% New French and American Oak
    • Aging: 21 months
    • Alcohol: 14.01%
    • TA: 5.3 g/l
    • pH: 3.71