Accolades for Merlot
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
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2010 Forgeron Cellars Merlot, Columbia Valley ($30)
Composed of 39% Olsen (Yakima Valley), 31% Stone Tree (Wahluke Slope) & 30% Boushey (Yakima Valley), this is a fine typical Merlot. It displays a deep ruby color & aromas of black cherry, cassis, black roses, tobacco & oriental incense. On the palate, the flavors are well centered, marked by notes of black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, French roast & alluvial minerals. The penetration continues on the back with sensations of macerated berries, kirsch liqueur & crème de cassis, followed by a spice dusted (coriander, clove) sweet-dry tannin finish. As an aromatic, flavorful "old/new world" Merlot, this gets a plus. 18.5+/20 points.
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