This wine starts with a peppery dark fruit nose. Decanted for about half an hour. This seems to be improving either with time or with dinner..or both. He thought it worked its way up to a 90, she was still at 88 so compromise won. Acids and fruit are well balanced, there is pepper, black fruit and earth on the palate. The first tastes were chalky, but that is gone now.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.
(Northstar Merlot Walla Walla Valley) Leaps from the glass with complex aromas of earth, black tea, black fruit, cranberry, raspberry, licorice, chocolate, spice, incense, and mocha. A thick, dense, muscular wine with rich fruit flavors and exceptionally well-integrated, silky tannins. Capped off by a hyper-extended finish. An exclamation point for the varietal that is bound to change a lot of minds about Merlot. 78% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot. Aged 18 months in French oak (56% new). 14.7% alcohol. 400 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
NOTE: Some content is property of Vinous and Washington Wine Report.