Basel Cellars Inspired 2005

Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Item No. 94337
  • red wine
  • boutique wine

Winemaker's Notes

Inspired by the great Chateaus of St Emillion in Bordeaux, France. Basel set out to create the Washington State standard for a Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend. This wine is 62% Connor Lee vineyard Merlot and 38% Chelle Den Millie vineyard Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 20 months in new French and American Oak.

The aromatic wine is dark red to the rim and has powerful scents of red currants, pepper and cedar. The spicy, meaty flavors of red berries and a touch of mint add to the amazing complexity of this blend. The wine is very rich and is supported by the supple, plush tannins.

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Basel Cellars Estate Winery is in the heart of Washington's Walla Walla Valley which was named by Sunset Magazine as The 2005 Wine Destination of the Year. Basel Cellars produces 6500 cases per year, with a focus on Bordeaux-style blends, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Basel Cellars Estate Winery is the perfect place to stage every celebration of life, reunions with family and...

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Learn About Walla Walla Valley

So nice, they say it twice... Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah. In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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Bordeaux style Cabernet blend from the southeastern foothills of Mount George, which also features Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. ...
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