Estate Merlot 2011

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Estate Merlot 2011

Walla Walla Valley, Washington

WINEMAKER NOTES

The best Merlot grapes from the very best vineyard blocks, crafted using the best techniques. Then put into the best barrel program. Finally, the best of the best Merlot wine is selected to carry the Basel Cellars Reserve designation.

The color is a dark maroon with a slightly translucent halo at the outer edges.  Notes of toasted oak, rose petals and dark cherry pie filling are bursting on the nose.  The palate is BIG!  Bright acidity and tart red fruits mingle with darker notes of bittersweet chocolate wrapping up a cassis berry.  The finish is long with expressive tannins and a very silky mouth feel.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Vintage: 2011
Varieties: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet FraNC
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Vineyards: Double Canyon, Willard, Wallula
Oak: 100% French oak , 20 months
Alcohol: 13.9%
Production: 487 cases

OTHER VINTAGES AVAILABLE
2006 2009 2010 2010R 2012 2012DRV 2013

PAIRING

  • Filet Mignon
  • Prime Rib
  • Strong Cheeses

ACCOLADES

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