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Community Tasting Notes (6) Avg Score: 94 points

  • delicious older merlot. still plenty of red fruit. never would have guessed this 18yo. still young and vibrant.

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  • I was fortunate enough to partake in a vertical tasting of every vintage of Owen Roe Dubrul Merlot, 1999 through 2008 (no 2007 vintage) The event was hosted by Owen Roe Winemaker David O'Reiley. At the time of writing (May, 2010) this was the single most incredible wine drinking experience of my life. Every vintage was stunning, world-class, and awe-inspiring. What a treat it was to sip them in order one at a time and focus on the subtle nuances and variations of each vintage. Overall, all of these wines show incredible aging potential with older vintages showing more character, subtlety and finesse. None of these vintages are past their peak and indeed each one would benefit from upwards of 20 years in the bottle. I will copy and paste this introduction to each vintage and then follow with my notes of what I feel where the unique distinguishing characteristics of the individual vintage. The 2003 vintage had the most Earth going on. Mushrooms, dirt, chalk etc. Also smelled a little hot. Winemake David O'Reilly explained that 2003 was an extremely hot year and the fruit was extremely quick to ripen. Perhaps this vintage has a little less finesse as a result, but it's still an amazing wine. The flavors explode in the mouth with very gritty tannins and an extremely long finish. Jolly Rancher candy lingering.

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  • Had the 2002 yesterday. Much more alive and balanced. I don't think the 02 had the concentration to hold up to the alc. The 03 is still very fresh showing earth, chocolate, crushed berries, pie crust and toasty vanilla notes. The palate is integrated shed some weight from its youth. Tannins are round and coat a very long finish.

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  • Decanted 1 hour. A very rich Merlot. Lots of earthy characteristics, along with very nice blackberry fruit. Some vanilla/oak flavors coming through as well, although much more integrated than I remember from my last tasting. Full in the mouth, with a touch of tannins, but nothing big at all. Very impressed with the length of fruit and earth on the finish of this wine.

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  • Owen Roe Spring Release Party (Ecotrust Building, Portland, OR): Now we're talking! After a somewhat disappointing 2002, the 2003 is rockin' it! Great blackberry, cherry, and vanilla flavors. A bit tannic and oaky still, with solid acidity. Some drying tannins on the finish. Outstanding - 93 points (Owen Roe DuBrul Merlot Vertical, 99-06).

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