Estate Reserve Merlot 2010

2010 Reserve Merlot

Estate Reserve Merlot 2010

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: 2010
Varieties: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Vineyards: Double River Ranch
Oak: 22 months in 100% French oak, 65% New, 35% Neutral
Alcohol: 14.7%
Production: 50 cases

OTHER VINTAGES AVAILABLE
2006 2009 2010 2010R

PAIRING

  • Filet Mignon
  • Prime Rib
  • Strong Cheeses

ACCOLADES

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