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OG N.86 Walla Walla Merlot hails from the same producer as all other offerings N.83 through N.89. These are largely estate wines and N.86 is entirely estate-derived as well, not to mention being the best wine of the bunch. Yep, my favorite.
I'm telling you, there is something about Washington State Merlot, and Walla Walla in particular. This is gorgeously crafted wine, elegant and seamless with ample heft, loads of complexity and perfectly-deployed wood. I could go on and on. In short, its a winner and I am confident it will have broad appeal for Cab-lovers, Pinot-lovers, and even Merlot-lovers (are there any of you left?).
Its an absolutely stupid deal at $10/bottle (vs. winery tasting room $50+/bottle). Looking for a daily cellar defender? You can't do any better than this.
Deep ruby in the glass, Cabernet-like. The bouquet is super-pretty with ethereal, powdery florals lightly-coating confectionary cherry truffle and raspberry puree underpinned with oak-elevated blackberry compote. Spicy too. Supple and seamless on entry (so smooooth!) yet robust with ripe red and black fruits nicely integrated with seasoned french oak and gorgeous acidity. Gobs of stuffing crest to reveal dark fruit and mineral-coated tannins unfurling a blast of raspberry/rhubarb, roasted poblano chile and a kiss of chocolate. Damn, that's good...beautifully-crafted and very expressive...nice to see oak so deftly deployed here, the light hand speaking to the quality of the fruit.
77% Merlot, 18% Cabernet, 5% Syrah100% estate, 100% Walla Walla Valley17% new French oak14.6% alc.Bottled January 28th, 2021 - should be coming around in May/June and drink nicely over the next 7-10 years.
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