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Vintage
2017
Merlot

Columbia Valley

Stephen Tanzer, 92 pts.

2017 Merlot Columbia Valley

A fresh nose brimming with crushed berries and black cardamom instantly lures and continues throughout. The body is round and well structured with fine tannins revealing accents of cocoa, Oolong tea and strawberry preserves leading into a decadent finish.

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SKU: 17CVMR
Wine Profile
Ratings
"Moderately saturated bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of dark raspberry, mocha, red licorice, tobacco, minerals and cocoa nibs reminded me of a Right Bank wine. Plush, ripe and serious, with dusty herbs and spices enlivening the raspberry and plum fruit flavors; more red fruits than black here. Finishes with substantial but ripe well-integrated tannins and slowly building persistence. Not a powerhouse but uncommonly complex and refined for Washington Merlot. And more pliant at this stage than the 2016 was." Stephen Tanzer, 92 pts.
Vineyard Sources
Sagemore Farms: Bacchus, Dionysus & Weinbau; Kiona Heart of the Hill; Heather Hill Estate; Ceil Du Cheval; Mill Creek Estate
Production Notes
100% Merlot
Production
659 Cases
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Harvest Date
September 11 - October 5, 2017
pH
3.77
Alcohol %
14.3
Stephen Tanzer's
92