Selene Merlot 2014, Frediani Vineyard, Napa,CA
Winemaker, Mia Klein says, “I haven’t doted over a Merlot like this since the 2008. A winemaker’s pet, if you will.” Blackberry syrup, Black Forest cake, complete with dark chocolate, black cherries, and cream; also some caramel/molasses and buttery cinnamon toast. In the mouth there is very good impact and intensity; the wine is even-tempered, with balanced tannins and acid, and finishing with fine texture and length. 424 cases produced
Rabble Merlot 2015$25.00
As one of the newer additions to the Rabble (Force of Nature) wines, the Rabble Merlot 2015 comes from the Mossfire Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles and is 100% Merlot,”The Die is Cast,” reads the blade of the fallen Goddess Medusa. The game is on and Merlot is back. Rabble Merlot is a throwback, delivering full bodied, luscious dark bruised berries and cassis. The rich berries give a tremendous amount of density on the palate that continues and lingers with long and decidant tannin. A throw back Merlot. Powerful and seductive in color and body. Dusty notes with rich fruit. Chalky tannins and composed sructure.
Sineann Merlot 2014, Champoux Vineyard, Columbia Valley, WA$44.00
Champoux — what else do you need to know? From the top-notch vineyard site comes this intense Merlot that is dark and powerful, complex and voluptuous. Dark, rich – to the point of voluptuous – powerful. This is what Merlot can be. Huge black cherry nose with graham, toast, and a hint of smoke. Sweet black cherry/plum flavors, accented by touches of plum liqueur, Chambord, toast, smoke, and pepper. Tannins are present, with a very slight grip. The finish, surprisingly for such a huge wine, has good acidity to balance the gobs of fruit. Sineann’s style is dark, aromatic with chocolate overtones and complex, silky tannins. A big, plush juicy wine. Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, says: “…wraps its super-ripe cherry/berry fruit in rich layers of coffee, toffee and smoke.”
L’Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2013$20.00
Frenchtown, Walla Walla Valley’s first settlement, was founded by French Canadians in the early 1800s. A thriving viticulture and wine making community was established in the Valley by the 1860s. This Frenchtown wine salutes these pioneers. The 2013 vintage was one of the warmest vintages for Washington, rivaling 2003 and 1998, with slightly lower yields due to smaller berry size. The L'Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2013 shows aromas of wild berries, fresh plum, black currant and baking spice. The generous dark fruit flavors stay bright and focused through an integrated finish. 45% Merlot 15% Syrah 18% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Grenache 6% Malbec 3% Mourvèdre 6% Cabernet Franc.