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2010 Waterbrook Melange Red Varietal Blend Columbia Valley, WA 13.5% $15

Spicy on the nose with early hints of fennel and bitter chocolate being joined by a bit of char, some fresh herb notes, black currants and lots of toasty oak. This enters the mouth with classic medium-bodied balance. A bit tight at the moment, with lovely balance between the slightly herbal and savory, almost leathery fruit that's sprinkled with a touch of peppery spice and the gentle black currant and plum fruit. The texture is smooth and held together well by the polished tannins and adequate acidity. Chocolate and herbs pop on the back end and linger on the finish along with wild black cherry jam that sits just beneath some spicy oak shavings. While this is fine today, it's more a wine of texture right now and remains a bit simple, though this could improve in the cellar. 87pts Find it Here

Acid: Medium - Low  
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak:  Medium - Low   
Spicy flavors:  Medium - Low  
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium

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  • Snooth User: Mark Suss
    951226 137

    Interesting how Washington represents here. They do very nice blends at great prices. I've become a big fan.

    Jan 08, 2013 at 4:11 PM


  • would love to learn everything I can in regards to wine

    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 184,766

    Washington is doing some greet work these days, too bad many of the wines are not widely distributed.

    MrWinelover, there's a lot of great resources here on Snooth, and keep trying wines, it's the best way to learn!

    Jan 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM


  • You might want to try Bogle Phantom at $ 15.99 in Cherry Hill, NJ. It's a blend of Old vine zin, old vine mourvedre and petite syrah. Their petite S and Old vine zin are standalone winners around $ 8 and embarrassingly low priced for the quality delivered.
    Sedrick

    Jan 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM


  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 150

    Coppola Rosso is a blend that varies contents each year, they used to publish what is in it, but they no longer do. It is rather raw, but with 3 yrs of aging, it becomes a lovely Italianesque wine, but with more body.

    Mar 15, 2013 at 4:24 AM


  • You might want to try Bogle Phantom at $ 15.99 in Cherry Hill, NJ. It's a blend of Old vine zin, old vine mourvedre and petite syrah

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:03 AM


  • fantastic

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:08 AM


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