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2009 Three Rivers Merlot "Columbia Valley"

Three Rivers 2009 Merlot

Winery: Three Rivers

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Columbia Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 82% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 2% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $19

Cases produced: 2,750

KWG Score: 90.4 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: September 7, 2012

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Merlot is perhaps the best value to emerge from our big blind tasting. It opens with a fragrant black cherry-cola like bouquet with a hint of cranberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a pleasant plum and black cherry blend with a hint of cedar plank and spice. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are rather sticky. The panel suggested pairing this Merlot with roast beef au jus or bacon burger with Great Hill blue cheese. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The weather was ideal for Merlot in 2009. This is a big Merlot that delivers ripe aromas and flavors laced with cherries, tobacco and raspberries. The palate is dense and concentrated and the silky tannins help extend the finish for what feels like minutes. If you enjoy muscular Merlots, this is definitely right up your alley.

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