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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 5 
TypeRed
ProducerSineann (web)
VarietyMerlot
Designationn/a
VineyardChampoux Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2015 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.2 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Floyd77 on 2/16/2014 & rated 87 points: vibrant and fruit-forward, but one-dimensional and hot -- too much alcohol. I had the 2007 several years ago and it was a much better wine. (491 views)
 Tasted by wdlohr on 1/13/2013 & rated 88 points: This is a big 15% ABV wine with dense plush dark aromas with strong powder. It is a bit heavy but features integrated tannin and overall is tasty. One dimensional. (736 views)
 Tasted by wdlohr on 7/5/2012 & rated 91 points: This is a smooth wine with velvet, balanced full fruit, with a long luscious ending in balance. (981 views)
 Tasted by philastem on 4/12/2012 & rated 90 points: pop n pour, not long out of chiller, while making dinner - decided to wait a bit since it seemed closed; later it was gave impression of fullness (great fruit to Sineann standard), with backbone, but didn't seem fully integrated. Still, very enjoyable with Tri-tip and Asparagus. I'm thinking a few years at least until the next bottle (2 left) as I liked it, but not sure it's there yet. (881 views)
 Tasted by cbadie on 12/25/2011 & rated 87 points: Not only well bodied but a bit fruity as well. Very nice! (964 views)
 Tasted by KCProper on 11/5/2011 & rated 95 points: Full-bodied and full-throttle like every Sineann red I've had, though this one has a little something extra. Full of pure fruit flavors and retaining balance amidst it's muscled physique. Raspberry pie filling, dark chocolate flakes, cinnamon, black pepper, sage and lavender. Probably because there was a conversation pertaining to it earlier on in the night, but a set of Christopher Elbow's Fleur de Sel chocolates seems like they would fit this bill and lovingly so. Exciting, fresh and lively. One of my best Merlot experiences in recent memory. (1434 views)
 Tasted by brouigu1 on 7/26/2011 & rated 87 points: Nice Merlot but not as good as when I was tasting this in the barn at the winery. Perhaps I needed the barnyard influences to enjoy this even more. The dark fruits were there but hiding still. Nice oak integration and hints of herb or floral were detected on the finish… (862 views)
 Tasted by manonthemoon on 9/12/2010 & rated 88 points: Notes from day 2. Dark purple ink in color. Nose of red raspberry, a little vanilla, and some cocoa. Palate of red raspberry, sweetened cranberry, a little cocoa dust, pepper and tannin. The finish is average in length and the mouth feel is okay, not as good as the 07. More fruit than the 07 and possibly less complex. Hold. 50+5+11+15+7 (842 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 8/31/2010: Bottled under glass cap. Nice. Dark, dense, and really good WA Merlot. A touch of herb underlying its rather weighty, richly styled character. With some tension and clip on the back of the palate. Structured Merlot. A toughy at $39, but there it is. (949 views)

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Sineann

Producer Website

Merlot

Merlot variety: Wikipedia | Appellation America | CellarNotes

Champoux Vineyard

About Vineyard (Wikipedia)

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.

Horse Heaven Hills

About AVA (Wikipedia)

 
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