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2009 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Merlot WA 13.3% $12

This is really nice on the nose. It's gently cedary and smoky, with some orange oil notes accenting the dried cranberry and dried cherry fruit. That is all topped with a hint of cocoa powder. Soft yet broad and transparent in the mouth, this packs in plenty of rather fresh cherry fruit in a supple, easy to drink and easy to like package. The structure is supportive but unobtrusive, lending this an elegant feel. The wood tannins become a touch aggressive on the back end. This is very restrained at a very good value. 87pts

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  • Does anyone know if and where Silverthorne Merlot is available?

    Jan 25, 2012 at 2:30 AM

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