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 Vintage2006 Label 2 of 20 
TypeRed
ProducerFielding Hills (web)
VarietyMerlot
Designationn/a
VineyardRiverbend Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationWahluke Slope

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2014 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by khmark7 on 7/12/2015 & rated 87 points: Minty, tannic & ripe with plenty of graphite. Would have guessed Cabernet Sauvignon. Lacking any fruit and may be past its peak? Dunno. This does open up a little with time and develops some brown sugar character. Pairs well with steak. (207 views)
 Tasted by suarezd on 3/30/2013 & rated 88 points: Decanted for 30 minutes. Nose of alcohol and baking spice. On the palate it seemed at first as if the bottle was past its prime. It eventually turned into tart and ripe fruit, with mild vanilla. It was better with food. (1153 views)
 Tasted by memphishusky on 9/21/2011: Really good with bright fruit and lengthy finish (2315 views)
 Tasted by grapemaven on 8/25/2010 & rated 92 points: Excellent bottle of wine (2897 views)
 Tasted by benny on 4/5/2010 & rated 92 points: Thiis is as good as NA Merlot get...except Lewis. Great nose of dark berries and toasty oak. Spices with the black cherry on the palate and finish. Smooth creamy feeling finish. (3067 views)
 Tasted by DrinkNectar on 3/25/2010 & rated 94 points: 2006 Fielding Hills Merlot

•The Stuff: Single vineyard Wahluke Slope AVA, 80% Merlot 11% Cab 9% Syrah, aged 19 months in 77% new oak, 14.3%abv, 163 cases
•The Swirl: Dark plum with beautiful jewel tones toward the edges. Mostly opaque
•The Sniff: Overwhelming aromas of cherry, smoke, and hints of spicy bacon. Amazed at how aroma profile changes as it comes through the nose.
•The Sip: A mouthful of joy! The black cherry fruit skips across your tongue and then transforms into undertones of smooth violet perfume, that then release themselves to cocoa flavors. The acidic finish brings a nice wash across the back of the mouth as the finish lingers for eternity.
•The Score: At $36, I score this wine a 4+ (out of 5) and would easily buy it again and again. The balance between complexity, flavor, and drinkability are impeccable. (2784 views)
 Tasted by WallNib on 8/20/2009 & rated 93 points: Deep purple color... strong brooding aromas of roasted plums and underbrush. In the mouth beautiful weight and creamy density with dark plum and cherry flavors featuring a caramel-burnt sugar aspect in the mid-palate, leading to a long, spicy and smoky finish. The oak was predominant at first, but gradually gave way to an intriguing musty forrest character later in the evening. Also, a brighter tomato skin mid-palate presence emerged over time. Delicious. (2117 views)

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Fielding Hills

Producer website

Merlot

Merlot variety: Wikipedia | Appellation America | CellarNotes

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

 
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