Accolades for Merlot
2004 Boushey Merlot makes Seattle Times "Top 100 Washington Wines"
2004 Boushey Vineyard Merlot: #67
Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, December 2006
2004 Boushey Merlot takes Bronze @ National Women's Wine Competition
2004 Boushey Vineyard Merlot - Bronze Medal
National Women’s Wine Competition, March 2007
2004 Klipsun Merlot Full Pull Review & Offer
"...experience the purity of black-cherry fruit & the hints of mineral, tar, & tobacco..."
Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines, January 2011
2004 Klipsun Merlot makes Paul Gregutt's "Top 100 Wines" 2009
Forgeron Cellars Klipsun Merlot found its home at #75 of Paul Gregutt's Top 100 Wines.
2004 Klipsun Merlot takes Bronze @ Renaud Society Blind Wine Competition
2004 Merlot Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain - Bronze Medal
The Renaud Society, a society of medical professionals with an interest in better health & a passion for wine, were the proud sponsors of this event.
2005 Merlot Review from Full Pull Wines
"A core of mint- & mineral-tinged black cherries is framed by integrated-oak notes of espresso & dark chocolate. The purity & clarity are noteworthy..."
Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines, November 2010
2006 Merlot Reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
"...black fruits, dark toast, smoke & a vein of roasted espresso running through the finish."
Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011
2010 Merlot Awarded Silver Medal by Sunset Magazine 2013 International Wine Competition
Decanter Magazine Rates 2002 Merlot "Best Value"
"The climate aids the stunning quality of Walla Walla Merlot & they’re gaining a reputation for their cellar-worthiness & incredible acidity & balance."
Decanter Magazine, January 2006
Food & Wine Magazine Reviews 2001 Merlot
"...an exceptionally smooth mingling of black cherry, vanilla & cocoa flavors.”
Food and Wine Magazine, October 2004
Full Pull Wines Calls 2009 Merlot "A Merlot for Adults"
"...Marie-Eve Gilla is a Merlot trainer extraordinaire.. she has a clear affinity for this Bordelaise varietal..."
Paul Zitarelli, Full Pull Wines
Full Pull Wines Reviews 2008 Merlot
"...there’s some nice, dusty tannins on the back end, offering a touch of grip & a sense of seriousness."
Paul Zitarelli, FullPullWines.com, March 2012
Northwest Palate Reviews 2002 Merlot
“The juicy berry-filled finish would well complement a juicy pan-seared pepper steak...”
Northwest Palate Magazine, January/February 2006
Rand Sealey calls 2010 Merlot "Aromatic, Flavorful, Fine"
"As an aromatic, flavorful "old/new world" Merlot, this gets a plus."
Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, June 2013
Rand Sealey Reviews 2008 Merlot
"The true to variety flavors are redolent of dark roasted fruits, cocoa powder, licorice, cola and coffee bean."
Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, January 2012
Rand Sealey Reviews 2009 Merlot
Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines, September 2012
Seattle Times Reviews 2001 Merlot
"Beautifully aged, drinking perfectly...supple, sexy merlot..."
Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, March 30 2005
Seattle Times Wine Adviser rates 2009 Merlot in Top 100 of 2012
The Seattle Times published the 7th annual Wine Adviser Top 100 list...focused exclusively on wines from Oregon & Washington.
Stephen Tanzer Reviews 2007 Klipsun Merlot
"Good bright medium red. Red fruits, smoke and menthol on the nose..."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 165, November/December 2012
The Wine Advocate Awards 2007 Klipsun Merlot 91+ Points
"...a medium to full-bodied, structured, potentially complex Merlot with savory flavors, ripe tannins, & a lengthy finish."
Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011
The Wine Advocate rates 2004 Boushey Merlot 90 Points
"...a plush texture, good depth, & spicy red and black fruits...a long, pure finish..."
Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, August 2007
The Wine Advocate Rates 2008 Merlot 90+ Points
"Notes of balsam wood, Asian spices, violets, cassis, & black currant compose the bouquet of this structured, medium-bodied, elegant Merlot."
Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, September 2011
Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine™
"It was dense, with concentrated dark berries & more dark cocoa & spice to follow, while all along leaving a silky mouth feel."
Catie Walker, "North vs. South" Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine™, March 2009
Tri Cities Herald Reviews 2002 Merlot
"Incredibly, the palate mirrors the aromatics, focusing on the cherries with a finesse that carries through to a rich & delicious finish..."
Tri-City Herald, December 5, 2006
Washington Wine Report Reviews 2009 Merlot
"The mouthfeel is luxurious & rich with ripe fruit flavors & fine grained tannins..."
Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report's "Fresh Sheet", December 31, 2012
Wicked Cellars selects 2009 Merlot "Wine of the Week" May 5-11, 2013
"...the score from Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast - 93 points! The highest score given to a Merlot in his report on NorthWest Wines for 2012."
Wine Advocate awards 2004 Klipsun Merlot 92 Points
"Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it exhibits a smooth texture, excellent depth & grip, plenty of savory fruit, & some incipient complexity."
Dr Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate, November 2009
Wine Enthusiast reviews 2004 Klipsun Merlot
"Dark, dense & lush with rock, cracked pepper, Bing cherries, streaks of spice & mocha..."
-Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
Wine Enthusiast makes 2009 Merlot a "Cellar Selection"
"Licorice, smoke and deep cassis flavors all contribute to an intense, seductive wine..."
Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, December 31 2012
Wine Enthusiast Review - 2005 Merlot
'The style is deep, dark, laced with graphite, and definitely built for long term cellaring.'
Wine Enthusiast, November 2010, Paul Gregutt
Wine Enthusiast Reviews 2003 Merlot
"...Dense & beautifully concentrated, this nicely aged, 100% Merlot opens with round plum, cassis & black cherry fruit..."
Wine Press NorthWest declares 2002 Merlot "Outstanding"
"...plums, pomegranates, maraschino cherry & cigar tobacco...a bit of smoky bacon fat..."
Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2006