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Tasting NotesThe Indian Wells Merlot displays ripe black fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds...Read more...
This was a great medium body, fruit forward red that had a nice smooth finish! Read more
Very pleasant for a $15 merlot! Nose has notes of brown sugar, milk chocolate and black cherries, with some garrigue. Echoed on palate, tilting a l... Read more
I really enjoyed this wine that has full berry falvours and rich mouth feel with a nicely grilled Rib-eye steak, asparagus and corn on the cob. Read more
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This was a great medium body, fruit forward red that had a nice smooth finish!
Very pleasant for a $15 merlot! Nose has notes of brown sugar, milk chocolate and black cherries, with some garrigue. Echoed on palate, tilting a little more toward red fruit. Medium tannin and acid, with enough structure to last a few more years. Medium body, not at all jammy or overripe. Tons of concentration. Great QPR at $15.
I really enjoyed this wine that has full berry falvours and rich mouth feel with a nicely grilled Rib-eye steak, asparagus and corn on the cob.
Black fruits, black pepper, thick. Love it
Nose of black cherries and cinnamon. Lean and funky, chocolate and tea. Delicate and complex velvet finish. Just lovely.
An intensely concentrated nose of blueberry and cherry. Very rich and powerful with great intensity. The wine is still well balanced with light drying tannins and a slightly 'forest floor' flavored finish of bramble, mushroom etc.
Nice deep red color; Fruity, black currant aroma; Medium bodied, smooth finish; Nice.
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90 Points - Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Merlot Ethos contains 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec in the blend. Opaque purple-colored, it has a fragrant bouquet of pain grille, earth no
'My goal with the Ethos Merlot is to aim for an 'Old world' style, while showing off the power of Washington fruit. This 2006 Merlot is even a more powerful, fruit-driven style than previous vintages. The wine delivers sweet raspberry and bright black cherry fruit character with elegant, dusty tannins. More than half of the fruit came from our Cold Creek Vineyard, which contributes power and concentration, while fruit from our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate adds spice and complexity.'
This Merlot is to be on the approachable side with a core of red cherries and ripe fruit Soft and satisfying.
Bright red-ruby. Warm aromas of currant, mocha and chocolate. Pliant and easygoing, with moderately sweet chocolatey flavor. But lacks real verve and definition and narrows on the back end.
One of this wineryrsquo;s better efforts in 2002, it strikes a lovely balance, casting its ripe, beautifully focused cherry, currant and vaguely green, herbal aromas and flavors against a refined structure, finishing with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2012.
Tasting NotesThe Indian Wells Merlot displays ripe black fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied, fruity style of warm climate Merlot with a round, soft finish. Wahluke Slope Syrah was added to the blend to enhance the mouthfeel and jammy fruit character. Enjoy it with a hearty pasta this wine will warm your soul and make any food taste better! -Bob Bertheau, WinemakerVintageThe 2005 harvest tested our winemakers patience, but ultimately delivered excellent quality fruit.The growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and August.September brought cool and constant weather, which extended the season, allowing grapes extra time to ripen on the vine and enhance flavor development.VineyardsThis Merlot is sourced predominately from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope in Washington state, including our Indian Wells Vineyard.Our most northern growing area, the Wahluke Slope is bordered on both the west and the south by the Columbia River.Indian Wells vineyard is a very warm site with a long growing season.The sites loamy, sandy, well-draining soils allow vine growth to be meticulously controlled through drip irrigation and canopy management.The region is a consistent producer of high quality, ripe fruit, yielding wine with intense color and flavor.WinemakingRipe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity.Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins.Aged in American and French oak for 16 months.Frequent aerative racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.Technical DataAlcohol....14.4% pH.... 3.65Total Acidity.... 0.56g/100mlBlend.... 87% Merlot, 13% Syrah
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