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2018 Orr Wines Merlot


  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Royal Slope

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  • LotionInTheBasket Likes this wine:

    March 11, 2021 - PnP and my mistake, it needs time out. Like 3 hours out. First sips were just overbearing. It just needs its space to mellow out. Dark ruby in the glass and fairly opaque, swirls heavy. Nose was a brutish then lightened up after like 4 going to 5 hours as I was slow sipping. But red berry, sharpie markers, bell pepper, vanilla, mint on the nose. Palate follows through darker red fruits, cassis, vanilla extract, wet oak, and super firm tannins jumping up immediately to join medium(+) acid in the middle and driving the finish. Its potent and needs time to come together more or settle down. I have one more and I'll keep an eye on notes as it is not a check in next year thing. [For now] Not my pick as a food wine yet unless super heavy fair or serious decanting. Some sediment so take steps on the last glass or during prep. Huge upside for a bottle I am unfamiliar with and want to track and know more about now.

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  • Decanting Queen commented:

    3/12/21, 3:02 AM - Thanks for this, I also really want to try sooner rather than later as it is a new one for me. Very helpful about the decant.

  • JohnTelford commented:

    3/12/21, 9:03 AM - Slow sipping for 5 hrs! You are my hero! Good note thanks!

  • LotionInTheBasket commented:

    3/13/21, 10:17 PM - @jenmermaidia, happy to help, yes, this needed time. I did not some in too long ago so not sure if bottle shock played in, but even after a fairly sizable timeout, its got a punch.

    @JohnTelford, yeah, 5 hours, was distracted with some home things and time passed quickly. I do let things sit. Wine I'm having tonight is on hour 5 of that.

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