We have made a lot of nice merlot over the years but either they did not reach the quality to stand on their own or I needed them for my bends (always the first priority). In 2013 I had a lot of really good Merlot for my blends, so I was able to keep this lot, clearly the best from the vintage, for bottling on its own in the ONE program. This wine is an outstanding example of what this variety can do in Washington State. Having tasted Merlots from all over the world, I maintain that Washington has the best expression of Merlot fruit from anywhere.
This wine is dark garnet in color. The intense and complex aromas include black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and pomegranate with hints of earth and toasted oak. The palate is round with just the right hints of tannin for aging and a balanced lengthy finish. Drink with beef, or lamb loin served with a reduced wine and cherry sauce
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