Reserve Merlot

Reserve Merlot

Tasting Notes

Chocolate and raspberry aromatics marry with an earthiness to deliver red fruit flavors and elegant tannins in this beautiful Columbia Valley Merlot. It finishes with burnt sugar, integrated oak and mouthwatering acidity.

Winemaking Notes

Vintage: 2013

Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot

Appellation: Columbia Valley

pH: 3.65

TA: 6.2 g/L

RS: 0.8 g/L (dry)

Alcohol: 14.14%

Vineyards: Mirage, Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Pepper Bridge

Oak: 25% New Oak (94% American Oak, 6% French Oak)

Fining: none

Aging: 22 months

Malolactic: 100%

Yeast: Pastuer Red, Premier Cuvee

Bottling Date: August 21, 2015

Acclaim

90 Points

2012 Vintage

Oct 01, 2015

Wine Spectator

Lithe and expressive, with blackberry, licorice and black olive flavors on a sleek frame, persisting as the soft tannins wrap around the finish.

Harvey Steiman

Reserve Merlot - 91 Points

2011 Vintage

Oct 31, 2014

Wine Spectator

The cinnamon-accented red berry flavors play against meaty notes in this taut, juicy red, with a lingering finish. Has presence and persistence. -Harvey Steiman

Harvey Steiman

90 Points

2010 Vintage

Oct 01, 2013

International Wine Review

A delicious wine showing purity of ripe
fruit on the nose and good weight on the palate. A dark
chocolate note adds to the complexity.

91 Points

2009 Vintage

Wine Spectator

91 WATERBROOK Merlot Columbia Valley Reserve 2009 $24 Supple, vibrant and distinctive for the white pepper and mascarpone notes weaving through the refreshing plum and currant fruit. Lingers impressively with gentle intensity. Drink now through 2015. 4,800 cases made.-H.S.
Harvey Steiman

90 Points - 2010 Reserve Merlot

2010 Vintage

The Tasting Panel

Smooth and ripe with sweet raspberry and plum; juicy, tangy and balanced; elegant and lush with a long, mellow finish.

Anthony Dias Blue

92 Points - Top 100 Wine (#46) - Smart Buy

2007 Vintage

Dec 01, 2010

Wine Spectator

92 Points - Smart Buy

2007 Vintage

Oct 15, 2010

Wine Spectator

"Ripe, pure, focused and beguiling for its balance, offering blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit at the core, layered wtih hints of red pepper, clove and peach fuzz as the finish extends extraordinarily well." - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

Harvey Steiman

Excellent

2007 Vintage

Mar 25, 2010

Wine Press Northwest

"It's beautifully balanced and should only get better." - Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2010

90 Points

2006 Vintage

Jun 15, 2009

Wine Enthusiast

"An outstanding example of Washington Merlot."
Paul Gregutt

91 Points - Top Value

2006 Vintage

May 01, 2009

Wine Spectator

"Polished in texture, this is balanced well to show expressive currant, blueberry and coffee flavors, lingering beautifully." - 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

Gold Medal

2006 Vintage

Jan 09, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Outstanding

2005 Vintage

Oct 01, 2008

Wine Press Northwest

90 Points

2005 Vintage

Jun 01, 2008

Wine SpectatorHarvey Steiman

Gold Medal

2005 Vintage

Jan 31, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition