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2009 Duck Pond Wahluke Slope Desert Wind Vineyard Merlot WA 14.5% $12

This is rather tight at first, though notes of milk chocolate, red licorice, graphite, wild red cherry and juniper all come together over time, as well as a bit of obvious alcohol. Rather big on entry, this quickly shows good focus and delivers rather intense black cherry, black currant and plum skin flavors, framed with some fine toasty oak spices and a top note of vanilla. The texture is broad and supple, though there are plenty of tannins lurking just under the fruit. Nicely spicy and rather clearly fruited on the back end, this finishes with good persistence and slightly aggressive tannin. A touch of alcohol shows on the finale. 86pts

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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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