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Vintage Notes: 2002 was a terrific vintage perhaps most notable for its incredible lack of precipitation. We had beau...Read more...
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A distinctive beauty, if not the blockbuster of previous vintages. Light in texture but ripe in flavor, with black cherry, spice and vanilla notes ringing on the long finish, which grows richer with each sip. Oak notes add depth.
Seductive for its balance, with ripe flavor and gentle texture. Firm tannins support lively berry and currant fruit, which echo beautifully on the finish, along with subtle shadings of black pepper and cedar. the fruit prevails and just sings on. Drink now through 2004.
Though I was not a fan of the 2002, I was enraptured by the 2003 Merlot. Chocolate, cassis liqueur, cherries jubilee, spices, and violets are found in its magnificent aromatics. Aged in 80% new oak (of which 80% is French and the balance Pennsylvania), this concentrated gem slathers the palate with black raspberries, copious quantities of cherries, and blackberries that envelope its significant tannin. Projected maturity: now-2016.
Dense in texture and distinctive in flavor, with floral, spicy, peppery notes swirling around the black cherry flavor at the core. Has more fruit and less obvious oak than previous vintages; as a result it feels a bit raucous now, but therersquo;s plenty of character packed into it. Best after 1999.
Round and open-textured, an elegant, harmonious red with black currant, wild berry and plum flavors at the center, shaded with cedary, spicy notes as the flavors linger against polished tannins. Drink now through 2008.
More elegant and subtle than most previous vintages of this Washington icon wine. Itrsquo;s less powerful, almost light in texture, remarkably supple and appealing for its chocolate-scented berry flavors, which pick up intensity on the ultrasmooth finish. Drink now.
The 2008 Merlot (100%) spent 15 months in a mix of new and used French oak. It exhibits an aromatic array of smoke, spice box, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Elegant on the palate with excellent volume, concentrated, spicy flavors, and a hint of minerality, it has enough structure to evolve for 2ndash;3 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2022 if not longer.
Vintage Notes: 2002 was a terrific vintage perhaps most notable for its incredible lack of precipitation. We had beautiful weather for bloom resulting in full, even clusters. We then had our last rain of the season shortly there after the second week of June. It then didn’t rain another drop until well after harvest. The weather throughout the growing season was wonderfully warm with only a few 100+ degree-days. Fruit throughout varieties ripened completely and evenly. Winemaker notes: Beautiful deep ruby color. Nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, smoke, caramel, and ripe red fruits. The mouthfeel of this wine is incredibly plush and smooth as only merlot can be. Finish with very persistent mouth coating glycerin Vineyards in this Wine 75% Walla Walla Valley Vineyards. Consisting of: Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Mill Creek Upland, and Leonetti Estate vineyard. 25% Columbia Valley Vineyards, consisting of: Dionysus Vineyard (Sagemoor Farms), and Conner-Lee Vineyards. Aging Profile Aged for 13 months in a combination of new French, American, and Hungarian oak. Blending Detail Merlot 80%, Sangiovese 7%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Carmenere 4%. Production Three thousand and sixty three cases produced.
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