PnP w/45 min decant time. Slight sediment cloud, dark purple/red color. Nice nose. Very decent. Med/fuller body, pencil, tart, good balance, proper fruit flavors and profile. Fairly clean, med finish. Good example of how Merlot should taste. Nothing off. Good value wine.
At least a slight bit perplexing. It's been open (& decanted) for just over 2 hours now. The aromatics are pleasing with licorice-tinged cocoa powder. The notably rich mouthfeel is distracting me from being able to pinpoint the flavors - hinting of slightly tart black and blue berry fruit. Again, the richness is notable and continues right into the smoothly integrated finish. All that praise yet, there's something ever-so slightly disjointed about the total package?.. Another 30mins in and I'm getting a nice, savory finish and aromatics that are more assertive; with evolving flavors that emphasize the briary, black fruits. This wine has time and again, piques my interest in further exploring Washington. (suggestion: How about a big Washington tasting in San Fran?!)
Deep rich red-violet. Mixture of red and black fruits on the nose. Silky mouth-feel. Notes of rich raspberry, mocha java, blueberry, with lovely strong tannins. Much better than I expected - an excellent everyday wine for the price. Reminds me of the Havens Merlot Reserve 2006.
Surprisingly pleasing nose right out of the cellar with fruit, vanilla and oak. On the palate this is a bit of a fruit bomb with grape, blueberry and cassis. The short, somewhat bitter finish is this wines primary weakness. Still, a decent drinker for the price.
I wasn't expecting much from this wine, but was pleasantly surprised. The nose has some barn yard scents, with a bit of oak and a tiny amount of fruit. The flavor is pretty good overall, with a decent amount of fruit and balanced tannin and acid. Could last for another 5-8 years in the cellar just fine.
Popped and poured, then consumed over the course of several hours. Nice nose of vanilla and red fruit; palate is very pleasant, fruit-driven with chewy tannins and a decent finish. This wine is a good example of both Washington Merlot and how much the prices have risen for wines of this quality in the last few years. This used to be a blow-away value, now it has almost surpassed a QPR threshold. Good, not great, wine that's fun to try, but not to add to a cellar.
Decent WA merlot, ripe and fruity with flavours of blueberries and cassis. Round with soft mellow tannins. A fair bit of vanilla from the oak - a bit too sweet as a result. A touch of acidity, and a short to medium length finish. Nothing too complex, perfect for a relaxed meal.