Estate Merriment 2010

2010 Merriment

Estate Merriment 2010

Walla Walla Valley, Washington

WINEMAKER NOTES

Merriment is Basel Cellars’ flagship, high-end blend. Every vintage, we walk our Estate vineyards and find the best blocks to blend together in our best barrels.

Brilliantly clear, but a deep dark purple color, this flagship Bordeaux-style blend is our example of the best quality fruit Mother Nature gives us in any particular vintage. The nose is abundant with lavender, saddle leather, tobacco, and red juicy fruit. In the mouth, the flavors of cherry cola, blood orange, and vanilla, are layered upon the floral leather flavors and mixed with vanilla and quartz. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with big tannin profile and medium plus acidity. The finish is long and generous with an old- world richness and velvety textures.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Vintage: 2010
Varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Oak: 22 months in 100% French, 80% New, 20% Neutral
Alcohol: 13.6%
Production: 294 cases

OTHER VINTAGES AVAILABLE
2008 2009 2010 2012

PAIRING

  • Grilled Rib-Eye Steak
  • Prime Rib Sliders
  • Mushroom Risotto

ACCOLADES

Stephen Tanzer’s IWC Nov/Dec 2014 – 91 POINTS. “Bright dark red. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, rose petal, brown spices and subtle oak, complicated by tobacco and leather. Silky, bright and juicy, in a distinctly pretty style. Lovely floral lift to the flavors of red fruits and spices. A touch dry on the back but the firm tannic spine avoids coming off as hard. There’s something almost sangiovese-like about this wine’s texture and floral perfume. Finishes with excellent energy and lift. I’d give this another two years in the cellar before pulling the cork. A lovely example of its vintage.”