Merlot

Merlot

Tasting Notes

Distinct aromas of black plums and fresh tobacco leaf are followed by spicy cocoa notes, medium tannins and a long, silky finish of dark fruit and coffee.

Winemaking Notes

Vintage: 2014

Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot

Appellation: Columbia Valley

pH: 3.75

TA: .55 g/l

RS: 0.4% g/l

Alcohol: 14.53%

Vineyards: Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Willard, Waterbrook Estate, Skyfall

Oak: 17% New American Oak; balance, 2-5 year old AO/FO/HO

Fining: None

Aging: 10 months

Malolactic: 100%

Yeast: Pasteur Red, Andante

Harvest Dates: 9/17/14-10/4/14

Bottling Date: July 19-20, 2015

Acclaim

90 Points, by-the-glass value

2012 Vintage

Feb 01, 2015

Tasting Panel Magazine

Juicy and bright with tangy plum and berry fruit; fresh and clean, racy and lifted with long, lively flavors. - Anthony Dias Blue

Anthony Dias Blue

90 Points

2011 Vintage

Dec 15, 2014

Wine Spectator

"Light and tangy, with tobacco and coffee overtones to the black cherry and tangy balsamic flavors, lingering with persistence. Offers presence and refinement." (published in the Wine Spectator Advance)

Harvey Steiman

88 Points - Recommended

2010 Vintage

Oct 01, 2013

Food Arts


"An easy-drinking Merlot that is juicy, fresh, and supple, with lifted aromas of black raspberry, red cherry, and baking spices. On the palate, the vivid m lange of berry fruit comes coupled with vanilla, leather, and cocoa, while a hint of licorice appears on the medium finish with its soft fine tannins."
Score: 88

Jeffery Lindenmuth

Best Buy

2010 Vintage

May 01, 2013

Wine EnthusiastSean Sullivan

Great American Values

2009 Vintage

Oct 15, 2012

Wine SpectatorHarvey Steiman

89 Points - Best Values

2009 Vintage

May 31, 2012

Wine Spectator

"Light and refreshing, with zingy raspberry and mint flavors that linger effortlessly. Drink now."

Harvey Steiman

89 Points Best Buy

2009 Vintage

Apr 01, 2012

Wine Enthusiast

Washington Merlot proves its merit onces again, delivering big taste and even better value. At $12 this Watebrook 2009 Merlot is a steal. Enjoy!

Paul Gregutt

Best of the West - steals $15 and under

2008 Vintage

Nov 01, 2011

Sunset

In its annual roundup citing the best of the West in several price tiers, Waterbrook's 2008 Merlot was cited as a finalist for steals $15 and under. -Sara Schneider, November 2011
Sara Schneider

89 Points - Best Buy

2008 Vintage

Jul 01, 2011

Wine Enthusiast

"Excellent grapes from the Horse Heaven Hills, Walla Walla and Yakima Valley AVAs combine to craft a supple, smooth, lightly chocolatey red wine that harks back to the great Waterbrook Merlots of the 1980s. - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2011

Paul Gregutt

88 points, Value & By-the-Glass Recommendation

2008 Vintage

Jun 01, 2011

The Tasting Panel

"Smooth, fresh and earthy with ripe, juicy plum and blackberry fruit; harmonious and supple with balance and good length." - Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, June 2011

Anthony Dias Blue

88 points - Best Buy - Year's Best Bordeaux-Style Blend

2007 Vintage

Dec 01, 2010

Wine & Spirits

"Ripe and full bodied, wtih scents of oak and juicy cherries, this blend is ideal for ribs off the grill." - Wine & Spirits, December 2010

89 Points - Top Value

2006 Vintage

Jul 24, 2009

Wine Spectator

"Polished and refined, glowing with currant and blackberry; persists impressively on the poised finish."- Harvey Steiman, July 30, 2009

In his Washington report, Steiman also writes, "WHEN IT COMES TO FINE RED WINES AT FAIR PRICES, WASHINGTON EXCELS. It's Cabernet Sauvignons are rich in pure fruit flavors and Merlot remains a sold performer. Best of all in these turbulent times, you can explore terrific versions of all these varieties for $30 a bottle or less."

Harvey Steiman

#1 value Merlot - The Best WA Wines of 2007

2004 Vintage

Dec 19, 2007

The Seattle TimesPaul Gregutt