This wine has a lot of the elements that make a very good wine but is not quite there. Enough acid to give it brightness, combination of oak and tannins that provide nice spice notes and fairly nice finish. But just a bit lacking in the mid-palate - somewhat thin and not enough fruit for good balance.
Semi opaque purple/crimson to the rim....poured through a vinturi. Some dark fruit on the nose yet more reserved on the palate with hints of spice and and an oakey sharp finish. The wine feels light and watery. Not a lush merlot. May be past it's prime but I ha e nothing to judge it against. Mediocre at best.
Thought this would be a lot more ready. Even so, it was pretty darn good. Nice chocolate and dried fruit flavors. Tasted more like a Meritage than a Merlot. So what? Medium body, fairly long finish with a nice amount of complexity. Serious effort by they winery. Pretty good juice!
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(Waterbrook Winery Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley) A moderately aromatic wine with cedar, chocolate, cherry, and dusty spice. The palate is soft and appealing with polished tannins and supple fruit flavors with abundant oak accents. 100% Merlot. Mirage and Canyon Ranch vineyards. Aged 26 months in American, French, and Hungarian oak (30% new). 13.9% alcohol. 2,407 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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